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Memorial Day 2017

Two of my three kids were born in the mid-1990s. America – the country that defeated the two most modern and powerful military forces in history, across the entire planet, on land, sea and air, in 3-1/2 years – has been in ground combat with illiterate, unorganized, untrained, ill-equipped savages for nearly their entire lives. They have no recollection of an America not at war.

This is shameful.

My dad was born in 1912, raised a Quaker, and fought in the Pacific Theater of WW2. Why? He was an American. My mom was born in 1930, orphaned at 5, raised […]

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Re-Fighting the Last Peace

Just as Generals are chided for trying to re-fight the last war, today’s politicians are trying to re-fight the last peace.

From 1945 to today the Great Powers have been at peace. Although this seems a short time, it is not. It is the longest period of sustained peace between and among Great Powers since the Fall of Rome. It is longer than the average lifespan of human beings until the advances made by Western Civilization’s Industrial Revolution 200 years ago.

The post-war peace was made in the same way peace always is made: by winning a war. To make […]

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The Failure of Half Measures

100 years ago the West created and faced the First World War. Four years later it was concluded by Wilson’s 14 Points rather than through unconditional surrender, defeat, occupation and a new German government.

Basically, half measures triumphed over traditional Western warfare. (See: The Western Way of War, Hanson.)

What did half-measures in 1918 get us in a generation? World War 2 and 50,000,000 dead.

Having learned the insufficiency of half- measures, FDR and Churchill rejected them in WW2. Total war was fought to the total defeat of our enemies, followed by occupation, a new Constitution for the defeated Powers […]

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