Saturday, 13 July 2024

    Foreign Policy

    St. Teresa, FDR, And President Biden

    by Pete O'Brien Franklin Roosevelt, when Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the Wilson cabinet,  remarked to a friend that: “it would be wonderful to be...

    Make the Trains Run On Time

    by Pete O'Brien What if the train were late? That thought occurred to me as I drove out of Washington DC the other day headed south,...

    How Might This End?

    By Pete O'Brien   09-06-2023 There have been a number of articles of late that have made the case that the only thing we can all...

    But the Trains Ran On Time

    by Pete O'Brien In 1942, a short while after the US land in North Africa, several US soldiers were convicted of raping a local woman....

    Bulldogs, Soccer, and Foreign Policy

    One of the marvelous scenes in the movie Man For All Seasons has Thomas More talking to his friend the Duke of Norfolk, about More’s refusal to endorse the King’s divorce of Catherine, or his marriage to Anne Boleyn. In the dialogue that follows More comments on the English nobility’s apathy to their religion, but its fascination with the material world: 

    Just War

    by Peter O'Brien In an early version of his 2nd Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln wrote of the Civil War that that: “…each party claims to...

    Warning of War

    by Pete O'Brien One of the strange things about evil people is that they often tell you what they intend to do well before they...

    LTC Tony Shaffer and Judge Andrew Napolitano: Is The US the Big Loser in Ukraine?

    Project Sentinel President LTC Tony Shaffer joins Judge Andrew Napolitano on "Judging Freedom" as they delve into how the U.S. may very well be the hugest loser in the Russia-Ukraine War as President Zelenskyy's forces may soon be headed for defeat.

    Strategic Costs

    One of the questions that keeps popping up in editorials, at least in the last month or two, is whether or not the folks in the White House want Ukraine to win the war with Russia. There are, of course, two obvious answers to that question - yes and no. But I have an unpleasant sense that the correct answer is “maybe.”

    Strategic Vision in Wonderland 

    We created a Constitution - a remarkable feat, a document that was the envy of the world for 220 years - and still is if you want the root explanation of why millions of people are trying to get into the US and not so much anywhere else. (How many people tried to sneak into China last year?) 

    To Deter

    There has been some interesting talk in the past week about deterrence and escalation and proportionality and I’m beginning to wonder if those words still mean what I thought they mean, like the word “secret” on the front page of a newspaper. But it’s important to review what they really mean because getting this wrong can have significant consequences.

    Marshall, Eisenhower and Ukraine

    On January 25th, 1942, USS Sargo (SS-186 (under the command of LtCmdr Tyrell Jacobs)) pulled into Surabaya, Indonesia after finishing a short war patrol, offloaded her remaining torpedoes, loaded 1 million rounds of small-arms ammunition, and headed to Mindanao, the Philippines to provide some ammunition to the US and the Philippine Armies. She then picked up 24 maintenance specialists from the B-17 wing and evacuated them from the Philippines. Jacobs, after three patrols in which he fired a great many torpedoes but sank no ships, turned over command, and ended the war working on, and significantly improving, US torpedoes.

    Strategic Bombing and Gentle War

    Much of the modern way of war springs from the writings of 4 men from the 1920s: Gen. Giulio Douhet, LtGen. Walther Wever, Marshal Hugh Montague “Boom” Trenchard, and of course, Col. Billy Mitchell.All were believers in “strategic bombing,” the idea that bombing the right targets would destroy morale while also destroying industrial capacity and disabling lines of communication, and drive any nation to surrender.Over the years the theory, particularly in the west, has undergone some modifications


    May 19 marked one hundred years since the passing of a great Jewish scholar and poet, Abraham Elijah Kaplan (1891-1924). His father had been a celebrated scholar, who had passed away in his 30s, leaving young Abraham fatherless. His father’s best friends was Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (1870-1953), who saw to it that the son was well educated in the schools of Lithuania. Abraham studied under great Jewish thinkers and by his late 20s and early 30s he had written several beautiful essays in scholarly journals.

    More Lessons Learned

    We are 120 weeks into the war in Ukraine, a peace conference begins in a week in Switzerland (at which only one side is represented), and the war continues to evolve.

    Whither Ukraine 

    The latest casualty estimate - not from Kiev - suggests Russia has suffered some 55,000 Killed In Action (KIA), though that number may be as high as 85,000. This would expand into some 200,000 - 300,000 wounded in action (WIA).