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Ukraine, a Hundred Days Later
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Ukraine, a Hundred Days Later

Last Friday, June 3, marked the 100th day of the war in Ukraine. The war has not gone well for Russia. It is turning into a protracted affair, with many known unknowns. Its eventual outcome—not only military and political …

Allies on the Transatlantic Right
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Allies on the Transatlantic Right

Politics in the Western world have become a tool for the deracinated elite to control the masses and simultaneously ensure that ideologically preordained outcomes still retain some semblance to the democratic process of yore. There are millions of Europeans who …

French Presidential Election Déjà Vu
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French Presidential Election Déjà Vu

The first round of France’s presidential election on April 10 ended with President Emmanuel Macron coming in first, with just under 28 percent of the vote. As in 2017, his opponent in the second round on April 24 will be

Madeleine Albright: America’s Ribbentrop
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Madeleine Albright: America’s Ribbentrop

In May of 1996, Lesley Stahl, of 60 Minutes, asked the future Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the humanitarian disaster in Iraq, which was caused by U.S.-led sanctions. “We have heard that a half a million children have

Putin’s Miscalculation
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Putin’s Miscalculation

“This is worse than a crime,” Talleyrand famously said of Napoleon’s execution of the Duke of Enghien: “it is a mistake.” The same can be said of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, almost four weeks after …

Middle Kingdom Rising
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Middle Kingdom Rising

In 1935 the Nazi regime was two years old, fully consolidated at home, and increasingly assertive abroad. It enacted the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws and announced that Germany would start a massive rearmament program, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

Letter From Egypt: The Battle for the Nile (Pt. 1)
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Letter From Egypt: The Battle for the Nile (Pt. 1)

My annual Middle Eastern tour this winter is limited to Egypt, mainly due to the less rigid Corona-related restrictions there than elsewhere in the region. An additional motive is the fact that this country of over a hundred million souls …

Global Hot Spots in 2022
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Global Hot Spots in 2022

Today’s commentariat is prone to ignore history, or to simplify past events to make them fit their current ideological preferences. The discourse of regime-approved conservative intellectuals and their mass media cohorts—such as Victor Davis Hanson and the tedious George Will—remains

Hybrid Warfare in an Age of Wokeness
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Hybrid Warfare in an Age of Wokeness

I recently attended a two-day conference in Budapest on hybrid war entitled “The Role and Missions of Armed Forces in Below-Threshold Conflicts.” Hosted by the Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF) Transformation Command, a military think tank with the authority and responsibility

Jihad Undefeated
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Jihad Undefeated

Events are the building blocks of history. Narrative historians, starting with Thucydides, have focused on what they regarded as significant occurrences in order to present and evaluate the past.
 
The import of some events can be recognized by astute observers

Understanding Jihad’s Resurgence
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Understanding Jihad’s Resurgence

Jihad is both an ideology and a global process. It has triumphed in Afghanistan in both forms, and its adherents everywhere will feel emboldened by what they see as a sure sign of Allah’s sanction. If a poorly armed jihadist

The ABCs of Afghanistan
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The ABCs of Afghanistan

is for Afghanistan. A faraway, hardcore Muslim country that remains utterly mysterious to our political, intelligence, and military elites even after two decades of intervention. Between October 2001 and August 2021 America squandered more than $2 trillion and more

Europe, A Nation of Old Men Up for Grabs
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Europe, A Nation of Old Men Up for Grabs

I have just completed a three-week tour of Europe starting from a home base in Switzerland to southern Germany, thence to the south of France, and finally to northern Italy.

Each of these places is unique. Each is delightful in

The American Stasi
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The American Stasi

The following are excerpts translated from my latest interview with Sputnik News, which was broadcast live on July 19.

Q:… What is happening to the freedom of speech in America? Are the current powers-that-be using secret services against

A Tale of Two Europes
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A Tale of Two Europes

April 18 marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which established the European Coal and Steel Community. The leaders of France, West Germany, Italy, and the three Benelux countries thus laid the foundation for

Hitler’s Great Soviet Mistake, 80 Years Later
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Hitler’s Great Soviet Mistake, 80 Years Later

Hitler’s Germany attacked Stalin’s Soviet Union 80 years ago today, thus unleashing the greatest, bloodiest, and most meaningless clash of titans in history. Thanks to the German Führer’s obsession with Lebensraum (“Living Space”) in the East, and his equally self-defeating,

What to Expect When Biden Meets Putin
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What to Expect When Biden Meets Putin

On Wednesday, June 16, presidents Joseph Biden and Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit meeting in Geneva. Taking place amidst heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, relations between Washington and Moscow are arguably at their lowest point

Russia Defends the West Against Insanity
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Russia Defends the West Against Insanity

Foreign ministers of nations both great and small make statements all the time, most of them silly or just forgettable. Some of them are utterly sinister, like Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s promise to promote homosexual “rights.” This has led

America’s Dangerous Overreach
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America’s Dangerous Overreach

All recorded history can be viewed as a long record of the use of force, or threats of force, in relations between human communities. This applies to all epochs, civilizations, and geographic spaces. Violence is immanent to man. Its constant