China's hand in the unfolding Korea game is the most interesting to evaluate, as it has the largest number of creative options at its disposal.
China's national interests are best served by a gradual decrease in US military presence and geopolitical power in Korea and Japan, such that China can be free to expand its naval and commercial power in the region. One of the key factors keeping the US in the region, and strengthening its influence and presence with nations like South Korea…Continue
One of the things I noticed, while growing up, is that there was a profound difference in the way schools taught about Communist totalitarianism, and Nazi/Fascist totalitarianism.
In America, schools often taught about the horrors of Soviet Communism in a way that made members of both ethnic majorities and minorities cringe. They focused on the loss of freedom of speech and religion, infringements on the right to property and civil rights, media restrictions, state surveillance and…Continue
I often hear armchair generals discuss how McClellan's Peninsula Campaign was idiotic, and doomed to failure. I have mixed feelings about this.
I think the strategy, in terms of planning, logistics and the general idea was brilliantly conceived. The execution, at the outset, was brilliant, too. The problem was that McClellan didn't think his strategy fully through. War, like chess, requires the ability to think many moves ahead, keeping each of your opponent's countermoves into…Continue
I'm a great fan of history. It not only helps explain how we got to the present, but also provides guidance as to how we should conduct ourselves in the present and the future, a form of vicarious experience. This is crucial in statecraft, as the importance of the task is world-historical,…Continue