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VIETNAM, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: LESSONS AMERICA NEVER LEARNS

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The United States has fought three counterinsurgency wars in the past half century, all of which have or are about to turn out less than resoundingly victorious, to say the least. You would think America would get the hang of counterinsurgency warfare, getting it right eventually; but there are lessons American political leaders never learn.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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POPE FRANCIS AND THE POWER OF THE PAPACY

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In October 1978, the visiting CIA analyst teaching my National Security Affairs course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, began class by asking, “What’s the significance of this new Polish Pope?” Without waiting for an answer he said, “He will hasten the fall of the Soviet Union.” Recalling that experience, I asked myself, what is the significance of this new Argentine Pope?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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USEFUL IDIOTS, PROGRESSIVES AND SOCIALIST DICTATORS

 

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Why are so many progressives attracted to socialist dictators like the late Hugo Chávez? Are they just “useful idiots,” or is it their longing for a powerful person to rule without all the constraints of democratic government so they can impose their vision of the greater good?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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REPUBLICANS MUST LEAD NOT JUST OBSTRUCT

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Democrats and the news media have made much of the “civil war” within the Republican Party. In the aftermath of their 2012 defeat by President Barack Obama, Republicans are bickering among themselves over what went wrong, who’s at fault, and how to revitalize the Republican brand. A much more serious war is taking place, however, between President Obama and Republicans that will determine the future of America. If Republicans want to win that war, the must lead not just obstruct.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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