To break the bloody stalemate of WW1, armies revolutionized weapons and tactics in ways that still influence combat today.
A quarter of the Doughboys who defeated Germany in 1918 were foreign-born. They slipped through "the unguarded gates of American citizenship" from Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Ireland, and elsewhere, and then fought and died for the U.S.A.
1918 was the year that the United States became what it has been ever since: the greatest of the great powers. But it was also the year that failures in American leadership, combined with a partisan media and a gridlocked Congress, undermined Washington’s international position, paving the way for World War II.
The American role in World War I is one of the great stories of the American Century, and yet it has largely vanished from view. It must be baldly stated: Germany would have won World War I had the U.S. Army not intervened in France in 1918.
The problems America faced in January 1919 are the same problems we face today: rising authoritarians, a conflicted West, isolationism, and technological disruption. See how Woodrow Wilson attacked the problem.
My extensive travels in Iran. This piece was made "required reading for all Marines."
My humorous look behind the scenes of European government & defense.
The continent-wide war on crime, drugs, corruption, and terrorism. Up close & personal.
"Without force in the world, you are nothing." My staff ride through Rome on a Vespa.
My take on how the disastrous Russian experience in Afghanistan mirrors our own.
How the Israeli tail has wagged the American dog since 1948.
My take on the limits of the IDF's traditional defense doctrine in an age of asymmetric warfare.
My take on the eternal stalemate of Egyptian politics, from Nasser to Sadat to Mubarak and beyond.
The historical irony of Israel's blockade of Palestine.
My two-part discussion of Operation Desert Storm and its Legacy.
My comparison of U.S. mismanagement of the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79 and how it relates to Egypt today.
I describe how the First Gulf War with Iraq in 1991 led to the Second in 2003.
To understand the complex origins of World War I, you must begin in the Balkans, and in the fading, somnolent court of Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I. Why? Because the First World War could not have begun anywhere else, or through any other agency than Vienna's.
What the Iraq War of 2003 had in common with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
Rome cozies up to the coalition.