Kuwait Lessons Still Ring True 20+ Years On

Nov 15 2015

klsFOR THE TACTICIAN the desert is heaven. For the logistician it is hell.” This is the conclusion of General Ali Belal, the amiable commander of Egypt’s forty-thousand-man force in Saudi Arabia. He has fought in five desert wars-four in the Sinai and one in Yemen-and served as an advisor to the Iraqi army during its ten-year war with Iran.

He is squatting down for a lunch of roasted lamb with one of his commando units and a few U.S. Army officers wearing the crossed arrows of the Special Forces. They are in an isolated camp on the flat, empty …

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Oakeshott: Hard To Forget

Nov 05 2015

moMICHAEL OAKESHOTT established modesty as a philosophical principle, indeed as a category of being. At the same time, and not paradoxically, he was a towering figure. Among other things, he was the most important political thinker in the Anglo-Saxon tradition since Burke (and I have not overlooked J. S. Mill).…

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About Time For This.

Oct 22 2015

So I’ve decided the little things that are going on in my life right now, I should probably start trying to take some of it down for posterity. I know that if I don’t do this I will probably kick myself in the future because this is one of those times when there’s a lot of things happening and I don’t really want to forget that. I’m not saying that things are going extremely well, because of course they are not, but I will say that this is going to be some kind of therapy for me overall.

Really, …

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Armand Hammer: Suspect Icon

Oct 19 2015

ahmTHE DEATH of Armand Hammer last month was marked by unrestrained encomia. In addition to a full-page obituary, the New York Times published an editorial that lauded the multi-millionaire’s keen eye for art,” his bold business sense,” his “restless intelligence and prodigious energy.” The editorial went on to praise his “tireless efforts to improve relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.” Somewhat bafflingly, the piece concluded with the tribute that Hammer was probably the only American who could have told Mr. Gorbachev what Lenin was really like.” Quite why Mr. Gorbachev would particularly want an American to …

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William Bennett: Could Have Been A Contender

Oct 05 2015

wbIT’S NOT OFTEN that one man makes himself so felt by his absence as William Bennett has done. Less than a week after he withdrew his name from consideration as Republican National Committee chairman, the White House showed how much it will miss him. The first sign came on December 12, when the President awoke to the news that an assistant secretary of education, Michael Williams, had issued a directive banning all federally funded colleges from setting aside scholarships based exclusively on race. That may not seem all that remarkable for a Republican Administration whose platform pledged to “resist …

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Enjoying It Medieval

Sep 29 2015

I should probably start off by saying that in the 1980s, I was barely born. So I never really had the opportunity to play things like Dungeons and Dragons or a lot of those weird role-playing games that all the older boys played. I don’t know that I would have done that, but I do not think that with my love of books and movies, and the fact that I had a very tomboy like existence, I probably would have enjoyed it. I do like the fact that some of the dice that my brother had when they used …

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