Category Archives: Middle East

The Credibility Gap That Ought To Be

Leap aboard the Lyttenburgh Omnibus; what follows is a looonnngg guest post by Lyttenburgh, one which is going to be like the blind men who are trying to describe an elephant. “An elephant is like a rope”, says the one … Continue reading

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A Trial of Spiritual Resolve: Sergey Lavrov’s Speech to the Military Academy of the General Staff

“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root… Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle … Continue reading

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Get in There and Win One For Mom and Apple Pie: Non-Combatant Molly McKew Pounds the War Drum

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the … Continue reading

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The Quality of Mercy

“Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time everywhere” -George W. Bush The western press, and the political systems it serves, are rousing themselves to a frenzy of effort to stop the Syrian government forces from re-taking … Continue reading

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Admiral Kirby Buys a Farm

The British navy was involved in some peacetime maneuvers at sea, involving a column of cruisers. They were steaming along in formation when a signal was given to execute a ninety-degree turn. The maneuver went off flawlessly, except for one … Continue reading

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Turn On Your Receiver

Turn on your receiver, I’m gonna lay it on the line; ‘cause I’m a great believer in hangin’ on to what is mine So come over here and listen; I don’t want you to be missin’ What I say: And … Continue reading

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Violence Once Removed: War Through the Languid Filter of Bored Academia

Mark Galeotti is Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.  Touted as a “Russia Expert”, he is also a regular feature of Brian Whitmore’s podcasts for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), as well … Continue reading

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Institutional Incoherence: The Atlantic Council’s Desperate Scaremongering

Ooo, see the fire is sweeping My very street today; Burns like a red-coal carpet: Mad bull, lost its way Oh, children; it’s just a shot away It’s just a shot away… The Rolling Stones, from, “Gimme Shelter” Let me … Continue reading

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Add a Cup of Crocodile Tears: “Western Values” is a Myth

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a … Continue reading

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It’s Better to Burn Out Than to Fade Away.

Out of the blue and into the black You pay for this, but they give you that And once you’re gone, you can’t come back… Neil Young, from “Into The Black” The final stage of a star, going into stellar … Continue reading

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