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Insufficient Destruction is Why No One Wins Wars Anymore

“War is Hell”, William Tecumseh Sherman said in 1879, looking back on his years campaigning against the Confederacy during America’s Civil War. Sherman, that most notorious of Union generals, already knew in the second half of the 19th century just how much brutality and effort it takes to subdue a peer

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Weakness Invites War With Iran

The death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi may further unsettle the region, but it doesn’t change a fundamental reality: The U.S. has fallen into Iran’s trap. Tehran needed only seven months of war to accomplish a primary strategic objective—dividing the U.S. and Israel. The Biden administration has accelerated a potential rupture with

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Will Iran Sabotage South Caucasus Peace Through the Armenian Church?

Since Azerbaijan took over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region last September, it has sought to finalize border demarcation with Armenia in a new peace accord. In March, Baku demanded the return of four villages still held by Armenia in the nation’s Tavush Province. According to the 1991 Almaty Declaration, which required post-Soviet republics

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Iran’s Succession After Ebrahim Raisi

When the supreme leader dies, instability is likely. The U.S. should prepare to take advantage of it. The sudden death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi will have little immediate effect on the regime. A former president once described his job as “the system’s logistics officer.” The next president, like previous

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The U.S. Must Offer a Substantive 5G Alternative to China’s Huawei

To maximize commercial output, encourage economic development, and introduce the newest industrial capabilities, ranging from agriculture to medicine, countries across the world are seeking access to the best information and communication technologies (ICT) that can accelerate economic development and safeguard national security. Central to this process are fifth-generation mobile networks, or

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If Raisi Is Dead: Implications for the Islamic Republic of Iran

State media report that a helicopter carrying Iran President Ebrahim Raisi had a “hard landing” amidst bad weather. Rescue teams reportedly are struggling to reach the mountainous and forested site. Raisi was returning from a visit to the Iran-Azerbaijan border. If Raisi is dead or incapacitated, there will need to

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Triaging the VA

Not so very long ago, in 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs was celebrating a record-high financial bonanza of $230 billion in federal funding. Today, even as the population of veterans is diminishing, VA budgetary resources have increased by $100 billion, to more than $338 billion. In the intervening years,

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China Has Crossed Biden’s Red Line on Ukraine

President Biden warned China two years ago not to provide “material support” for Russia’s war in Ukraine. On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken conceded that Xi Jinping ignored that warning. China, Mr. Blinken said, was “overwhelmingly the No. 1 supplier” of Russia’s military industrial base, with the “material effect” of having fundamentally changed

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