In his post-9/11 history "An Autumn of War" (2004), historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote, "If war is the powder keg of history, then battle is the match."
Hanson was reflecting on 9/11's terror attacks. However, his insight applies to all wars, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Pertinent background: By "battle," Hanson means the direct ...Read more
Last week's column made the case Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine began in 2004 with a covert attempt to subvert Ukraine's 2004 national election and install a Putin puppet. Putin failed. Suddenly, the Russian despot had a czarist nightmare on his border -- a food-exporting Slavic state with democratic aspirations and high-tech expertise.
In ...Read more
A strong case can be made that Russia's war to seize Ukraine began in 2004 with a covert attempt by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin to subvert Ukraine's election and install a pro-Moscow vassal.
In Ukraine's 2004 national elections, Russia-backed Viktor Yanukovych ostensibly defeated democratizer Viktor Yushchenko. To the Kremlin's dismay, mass ...Read more
Ayatollah Iran treats the world as a war zone.
Here's a list of regional battlegrounds: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Persian Gulf Arab nations, Yemen and Jordan. On Jan. 28, a drone launched by an Iranian proxy militia operating in Iraq struck the U.S.-manned Tower 22 observation outpost in northeastern Jordan. The ...Read more
In 2004, ignorant media crucified then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for stating a historical truth about warfare.
Here's Rumsfeld's very pertinent quote: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."
In 2024, immediate crises demonstrate Rumsfeld's wisdom -- which is a reminder ...Read more
Since 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to wage nuclear war against Ukraine and European NATO nations supporting Ukraine's defense of its sovereign territory.
In 2023 and in January 2024, Putin and various Kremlin propagandists have repeatedly threatened war. I'll list a few illustrative examples.
Threatening ...Read more
Breaking News: The Biden administration has decided to designate Yemen's Houthi rebel movement as an international terrorist organization.
The Violence Behind the Breaking News: Yemeni Houthis have spent three months attacking, damaging and occasionally seizing U.S. and free world ships transiting the Red Sea.
Geographic Specifics Shaping ...Read more
The quote in the title receives little media and political attention. It should, for it provides a strategic insight into the Biden administration's worst policy disasters, foreign and domestic.
I call it the Biden administration's Afghanistan Narrative Warfare Ploy, an attempt to deceive the American people and the world, with Biden-friendly...Read more
Last week's column addressed Iran's proxy attacks on the world economy and the wallets of individual Americans.
Quick summary: Attacks targeting merchant vessels quickly raise the cost of merchant shipping insurance -- a major cost consideration in every cargo shipped by sea. To absorb the increase, shipping costs rise.
To the delight of ...Read more
As the world watches Israel battle Hamas, Iran's Yemen Houthi proxy army is using Tehran-provided missiles and drones to wage a shadow war on the global economy.
The headline topping TradeWindsNews.com's Dec. 12 marine insurance news update states bottom line fact: "War Risk rates set to explode as underwriters fear more Houthi attacks."
Usually, dictators first invade and seize coveted territory before they hold a sham plebiscite to mask their aggression.
Russia's Vladimir Putin did that in Crimea. In 2014 he invaded Crimea, annexed it then held a sham vote. Russia has also held sham plebiscites in occupied eastern Ukraine. Putin justifies his continued aggression ...Read more