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George Patton's Summer of 1944

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.

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Schlesinger v. Cillizza

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chris Cillizza has a piece in the WP that argues that the world is too splintered and partisan and complex, and communication and persuasion too difficult, for the president of the United States to succeed.  This is an old claim.

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Chris Blattman on Cash, Poverty, and Development

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 21, 2014

Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues facing aid activists and researchers.

Economic Crisis
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John Taylor's Reply to Alan Blinder

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 21, 2014

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on July 18 called "An Unnecessary Fix for the Fed," economist Alan Blinder takes aim at legislation now under consideration in the House of Representatives to amend the Federal Reserve Act. Mr. Blinder focuses on what he calls the "meat-and-potatoes" of H.R. 5018: Section 2, Requirements for Policy Rules for the Federal Open Market Committee, which would require the Fed to submit to the Congress and the American people its rule or strategy for monetary policy.

Protesters during the Ukraine crisis
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If Putin 'Mans Up,' His Regime Will Crumble

by Paul R. Gregoryvia
Monday, July 21, 2014

California Senator Barbara Feinstein has demanded that Vladimir Putin “man up” and admit that pro-Russian separatists downed MH17, mistaking it for a Ukrainian transport plane. That this is true is obvious to all except Putin’s propaganda machine that is frantically churning out absurd conspiracy theories, while Putin lies low and limits himself to vague claims of Ukrainian guilt.

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The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, July 21, 2014

Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. 

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Putin's Deadly Doctrine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia New York Times
Sunday, July 20, 2014

SOMETIMES, just sometimes, you should pay attention to annoying things said by tiresome people at worthy conferences.

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Russia is Now Clearly a State Sponsor of Terror

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, July 19, 2014

The collective gasp heard around the world after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is a recognition that what just happened is different. Civilian casualties in war zones are, unfortunately, all too common, sometimes outpacing the deaths of combatants. But this wanton act of shooting down a civilian airliner falls under a whole new category of terror.

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Strategika: “The Nuclear Future” with Williamson Murray

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Friday, July 18, 2014

The Prospects for Nuclear Proliferation in a Dangerous Age.

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Stanford's Boskin: Taxes Will Have to Double to Pay for Unfunded Public Liabilities

featuring Michael J. Boskinvia Moneynews
Friday, July 18, 2014

The government is taking away the rights of citizens to control their own income, says Stanford University economist Michael Boskin. "Property rights and the rule of law are essential foundations for a vibrant economy," he writes in The Wall Street Journal. "When they are threatened, or uncertain, the result is inefficiency, rent-seeking, a larger underground economy and capital flight."


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.