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In the News

North Korean Missile Test Raises Questions About Why Allies Didn'T Try To Shoot It Down

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Stars and Stripes
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The United States and its allies knew the North Koreans had fired a missile and tracked its path over Japan last week. Sirens blared in Hokkaido, and the Japanese government urged people to take cover.

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To Shoot Down Or Not Shoot Down A North Korean Missile

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia NPR
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The U.S. military has multiple systems that could potentially take down a North Korean test missile. But despite dozens of North Korean tests over the years, including 15 this year, the U.S. has not taken that step.

In the News

Why Were We In Vietnam?

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Power Line
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Watching Victor Davis Hanson’s PragerU short course on the war (video below) elicited a flood of memories, of which that was not the only one by any means. I recalled the North Vietnamese Army tanks rolling toward Saigon in the spring of 1975. I thought that they contradicted one or two of the key talking points I had been taught by the antiwar crowd in the heyday of the movement against the war.

In the News

US Tags ISIS Fighter 'Enemy Combatant,' Reviving Bush-Era Term

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia NBC News
Friday, September 15, 2017

Almost nothing is publicly known about the American ISIS fighter who is now in the custody of the U.S. military, but one fact has already made the case extraordinary: The Trump Administration has declared him an enemy combatant, according to a military spokesman.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: How A Border War In Europe Led To World War II

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hillsdale College
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses World War II.

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Responding To Hurricanes While Assuming No More Wars

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The 1938 hurricane season resulted in 700 fatalities. The lack of technology to provide early warning caused that high number. In the current cases of Texas and Florida, casualties are far less because we have early, accurate warning and have learned how to prepare. But since we cannot change nature, we cannot prevent the physical damage and so Congress appropriates vast sums—likely to exceed $150 billion—to repair.

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Treat North Korea Like Other Nuclear-Armed Adversaries

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The backward tyranny of North Korea has again conducted a nuclear test and fired a ballistic missile. This has garnered global attention, including much discussion of what should be done in response.

In the News

Make China Responsible For North Korea

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Such a “grand bargain would effectively transfer America's dominance to China,” Hoover Institution scholar Michael Auslin writes...

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Civilians Win Wars, Too

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shielding civilians from warfare has not always been routine practice. Homer tells of Troy in flames, soldiers of the Greek alliance raping, pillaging, and burning the city to the ground. Thucydides recounts how in 427 B.C. the Athenians nearly killed all the rebellious Mytilenean men and enslaved their women and children, but ultimately executed only the leaders of the revolt. Over a decade later in 416/5 B.C, the Athenians failed to exercise restraint and did bring about that very punishment against the neutrality-seeking Melians.

Analysis and Commentary

The US And South Korea Should Conditionally End Large Joint Military Exercises

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The United States and South Korea (the “U.S.-ROK alliance”) generally conduct two major military exercises throughout the year: the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise in the fall (now underway until August 31, 2017) and the Foal Eagle-Key Resolve exercise in the spring. North Korea regularly...

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