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Bread And Mosques

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Monday, June 6, 2016

There are some individuals—Donald Trump is now the most prominent—who seem to believe that a “population-centric” counterinsurgency is a waste of time. They don’t see the point of trying to win over the inhabitants and they reject the idea that counterinsurgency is essentially a governance contest. They believe that the way to win is by killing a lot of people. Kill enough, and there won’t be any more insurgents to oppose you.

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U.S. Elections And The Future Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Monday, March 14, 2016

January 16, 2016, was a milestone in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was the day that the nuclear deal with the United States was implemented and most sanctions on Iran were lifted. Iran immediately received access to more than $100 billion in frozen oil funds, and that’s only the beginning of the bonanza. 

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Tiger in the Barbed Wire: An American in Vietnam, 1952-1991, by Howard R. Simpson (1994)

by Max Bootvia Classics of Military History
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Howard R. Simpson is one of the best memoirists you probably have never heard of—unless you happen to be a historian of the Vietnam War. He was a Foreign Service officer who worked for the U.S. Information Agency and, after retirement, became a novelist. 

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Sword of Honour trilogy, by Evelyn Waugh (1952, 1955, 1961)

by Max Bootvia Classics of Military History
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy—comprising Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and The End of the Battle [originally published in England as Unconditional Surrender]—was published between 1952 and 1961. 

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The Centurions, by Jean Lartéguy (1961 [1962])

by Max Bootvia Classics of Military History
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

This is a classic novel that became a cult favorite among American soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally published in French in 1960, it was for years hard to find in its English edition (translated by the World War II British commando Xan Fielding); a used copy would go for $800 on Amazon. 

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence (1922)

by Max Bootvia Classics of Military History
Monday, March 7, 2016

The cult of celebrity around T.E. Lawrence was created by the American journalist Lowell Thomas immediately after World War I and expanded with the 1962 release of David Lean’s magnificent film Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the greatest books to come out of World War I.

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Obama’s Intentionally Divisive Iran Nuclear Deal Rhetoric

by Max Bootvia Commentary
Monday, August 10, 2015

Last week Senator Chuck Schumer, the presumptive next leader of the Democrats in the Senate, announced that he was going to vote against the Iran nuclear deal.

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Why is the Iran deal bad? Think North Korea.

by Max Bootvia Max Boot
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Is Iran more like North Korea or Libya? That is the question politicians and the public must ask themselves as they consider President Obama's nuclear deal.

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The Dawn of Iranian Empire

by Max Bootvia Commentary
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

By now, after months of leaks following the initial agreement on April 2, the broad outlines of the deal with Iran are already familiar.

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Even With Technological Change, Some Things Never Change

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The world’s militaries—and especially the most advanced military in the world, that of the United States—are now caught in the vortex of technological change.

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