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    Crisis Watch: The Honest-Broker Decision

    Evenhandedness doesn’t play in the Middle East. Calling all American diplomats! Repeat after me: “They’re not like us, they’re not like us …” For the past dozen years, our foreign policy has tried to tease out the hidden...

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    Crisis Watch: What’s the Plan?

    The true lesson of Iraq – and everywhere else. I’ve always appreciated the British military’s definition of experience: “That which enables you to recognize a mistake the second time you make it.” Unfortunately, the American...

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    Crisis Watch: USA Falls to Second Place!

    We’re just not Enemy Number One for al Qaeda and its franchises anymore. Oh, Sunni jihadis still seek opportunities, great or small, to strike Americans, but we’ve clearly lost ground in the Great Satan Sweepstakes. The anti-American...

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    You Command: Battle on Golan Heights, 1973

    At 2 p.m. on October 6, 1973, during the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, Israel’s neighboring Arab states of Egypt and Syria launched a powerful, two-front surprise attack, targeting the Sinai in the south and the  Golan Heights in...

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    Crisis Watch- Denying Evil

    Malaparte was describing the Americans he met after the liberation of Naples in 1943, but his observation is even more fitting for our “elite” today. As vast stretches of the world revert to barbarism, our government is captive to...

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    You Command Solution: Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882

    The May 2014 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882.” This CDG placed readers in the role of Lieutenant General Garnet Wolseley, commander of a British army expeditionary force in the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Afghanistan Fiasco

    In 1979 the Soviets intervened in a bloody civil war then rending Afghanistan—that was their first mistake. By April 1982 the Soviet Union had been fighting in Afghanistan for more than two years, and it was proving impossible to win, by...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Cost of Victory

    It’s a truism as old as warfare itself—spectacular victories often at a terrible cost.  Once upon a time there was a weekly network television program called grew up in the 1960s or ’70s, you’ll remember the Wide World of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Treachery in Tripoli

    When Muslim Mamluk Egypt targeted this crusader state in 1289, the Christian were too busy infighting to heed. It is 1289, in the waning years of the Christian Crusader states in the Middle East. The preeminent Muslim power of the...

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    Allenby Captures Jerusalem

    The British General’s muted entry through the Jaffa Gate as the tidewater moment in his well-conceived and hard-fought campaign for Palestine. In June 1917, amid another round of distressing news from the Western Front, British Prime...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Spitfire vs. Spitfire: Aerial Combat in Israel’s War of Independence

    Israel’s War of Independence was punctuated by wild aerial engagements that underscored the conflict’s confusing nature. Around noon on January 7, 1949, two patrolling Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots in Supermarine Spitfires spotted a...

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    The Middle East In Crisis

    What you must know about the schisms fueling today’s violent upheavals. The seemingly sudden rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) in the summer of 2014 to be-...

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    Richard the Lionheart and the Battle of Jaffa, 1192

    The English king’s Crusaders battled Saladin’s Muslim warriors in Palestine. Richard I, king of England and known as “Richard the Lionheart,” had fought his way into legend as leader of the Third Crusade (1189- 92). So had his...

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    Israel’s War of Independence, 1948: You Take Command

    As Major Moshe Dayan, YOU must lead your outnumbered Israeli defenders to defeat a powerful Arab attack. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed Resolution 181, authorizing the termination of the quarter-century-old League of...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned From the Highway of Death

    It was a nasty fight with grandiose operational names (Desert Shield and Desert Storm), but the 1990–91 Gulf War was America’s post-Vietnam catharsis—the first large-scale conflict the nation had won since evacuating Saigon. It was...

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    The Myth of Masada

    The 2,000-year-old hilltop fortress stands as a revered symbol of Jewish nationalism— but does the historic record support the myth or a very different reality? In 1963 Yigael Yadin, famed archeologist and former chief of staff of the...