Terrorism…From the Sea

Terrorism…From the Sea

Maritime terrorism is difficult to pull off. Attacking targets at sea – or using the sea to access a coastal target – requires special skills and logistics that most terrorists do not have. But some do, and others can learn. The sea connects more than two...

Withdrawing from the World, or Not?

Withdrawing from the World, or Not? The United States is still the world’s only superpower.  China is catching up fast, but it’s not there yet.  Russia is just a gas station with nuclear weapons, and the European Union is in disarray.  India and Brazil...

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising I see a bad moon rising. I see trouble on the way. My favorite definition of strategy, taken from John Lewis Gaddis’s landmark On Grand Strategy , is “doing the best you can with what you have.”  Donald Trump’s targeted killing of the Iranian...

Navy SEALs: Jedi Knights or Pirates?

Navy SEALs have been fighting the nation’s enemies for a long time.  Most famously, they killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.  But the war against Islamist terrorism, now in its 18th year, has taken a heavy toll.  SEALs have gotten very good at war… perhaps...

The Bias of the American War on Terror

For a long time, terrorism has been looming large in the shadows of America. Its threat peaked in the early 2000s when the United States suffered from the intensity of the 9/11 attacks carried out by Al Qaeda. These deadly terrorist attacks killed a total of 2,977...

Christian Terrorists?

Now there’s an oxymoron!  How is it that a Christian (or any religious person) can justify using violence as a means to create a better world?  The “Christian Identity” movement reached a crescendo in the 1990s, but splinter groups still exist across the...

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