Are the US and China Stumbling Toward an 'Islands War'?

Are the US and China Stumbling Toward an ‘Islands War’?

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World War II began in Europe when the British, Sept. 3, 1939, declared war on Germany over its invasion of Poland to retrieve what Berlin claimed were its territories… If World War III breaks out between China and the U.S., it is likely to be over islands of Asia claimed …

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20 Years after 9/11 -- Are We Better Off?

20 Years after 9/11 — Are We Better Off?

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Looking back at the half dozen Mideast wars in which we have engaged since that first 9/11, where are we better off now than we were then? Al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Haram and their variants have established a presence in Arab, Asian and African countries far beyond Afghanistan. Looking forward, where …

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Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

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Yet, given the character of the Taliban, as revealed in its previous tenure, and the desire for revenge against those who have been killing Taliban comrades, the future looks grim for those left behind. In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete. The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a …

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For What Will We Go to War With China?

For What Will We Go to War With China?

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Why are we threatening this? Is who controls Mischief Reef or Scarborough Shoal a matter of such vital U.S. interest as to justify war between us and China? In his final state of the nation speech Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his refusal to confront China over Beijing’s seizure …

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As America Recedes, China Rises

As America Recedes, China Rises

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Nor was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s address on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party an exercise in nuance. “We’ll never accept insufferably arrogant lecturing from those ‘master teachers!’” said Xi, drawing a roar from the crowd of party members and veterans. Clad in a Mao …

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Boris Johnson Defies Vladimir Putin's Claim to Crimea

Boris Johnson Defies Vladimir Putin’s Claim to Crimea

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Britain’s challenge to Russia, a few kilometers off Crimea, could have resulted in a shooting incident that could have forced a U.S. response against Russia. And that raises some serious questions: …Did President Joe Biden or the Pentagon tell Johnson that if Defender were attacked, U.S. forces would have their …

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What Is America's Cause in the World?

What Is America’s Cause in the World?

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Economic nationalism is alive and well in the GOP, and securing the border remains a central concern of America’s center-right. “Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill’s remark …

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Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

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While the service and sacrifice were always honorable and often heroic, never to be forgotten, were the wars these soldiers were sent to fight and die in wise? Were they necessary? Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be …

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