Category Vietnam

Douglas MacArthur And The Pivot to Asia

Excerpt: “We were nine months in travel,” MacArthur wrote, “traversing countless miles of lands so rich in color, so fabled in legend, so vital to history that the experience was without doubt the most important factor of preparation in my entire life.” He continued: The true historic significance and the sense of destiny that these […]

Exposed: China’s Super Strategy to Crush America in a War

http://nationalinterest.org/print/feature/exposed-chinas-super-strategy-crush-america-war-12267 Published on The National Interest (http://nationalinterest.org) Exposed: China’s Super Strategy to Crush America in a War [1] Harry J. Kazianis [2] [3] We all know that the chances of a U.S.-Sino war in Asia [4] are remote— thank God. With hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade, the strong possibility that such a […]

Projecting Strategy: The Myth of Chinese Counter-intervention

Projecting Strategy: The Myth of Chinese Counter-intervention January 26, 2015 by M. Taylor Fravel and Christopher P. Twomey http://twq.elliott.gwu.edu/projecting-strategy-myth-chinese-counter-intervention In analyses of China’s military modernization, it has become increasingly common to describe China as pursuing a “counter-intervention” strategy in East Asia. Such a strategy aims to push the United States away from China’s littoral, forestalling […]

Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Disputed Waters

While Ukraine/Russia, Iran Nuclear, and the Islamic State suck all the oxygen out of the room — China, in the Pacific — is expanding its reach and sphere of influence. RCP http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150215/1018295535.html#ixzz3RodB8C6n Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Disputed Waters © AP Photo/ Japan Maritime Safety Agency / File Asia & Pacific 12:48 15.02.2015(updated 14:01 15.02.2015) Japanese […]

Islamic State Militants Attack/Seize Iraqi Town Of al Baghdadi — Just A Few Miles From Where U.S. Marines Are Deployed/Training Iraqi Soldiers — Probe To Assess Weaknesses/Vulnerabilities? Precursor To Bigger Attack?

Islamic State Militants Attack/Seize Iraqi Town Of al Baghdadi — Just A Few Miles From Where U.S. Marines Are Deployed/Training Iraqi Soldiers — Probe To Assess Weaknesses/Vulnerabilities? Precursor To Bigger Attack? http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Reuters News Agency, among other news and wire services, reported overnight that “Islamic State militants had overrun much of the Iraqi town/district of […]

Will Japan Flex Its Naval Power in South China Sea?

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/will-japan-flex-its-naval-power-south-china-sea Will Japan Flex Its Naval Power in South China Sea? 11 February 2015 In a startling interview with Reuters, Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the US Seventh Fleet, said that America would welcome Japan patrolling the South China Sea, south of the Japanese islands and far beyond the country’s current area of operations. Tokyo […]

“Uphill Battles:” Among the Guerillas Book Review

Looks like an interesting and worthy read Conclusion: While one can disagree with his retrospective estimate of the feasibility of a complete 1968 U.S. withdrawal, Mr. Scotton’s book offers fresh insight on a much-chronicled era. Moreover, “Uphill Battle” is a useful reminder of the enduring truths of effective counterinsurgency-particularly the need to build security and […]