By James Jay Carafano | 11/24/13 09:33 AM
It has bounced around the Senate for more than a year without winning ratification. Yet supporters of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are back, pushing for yet another vote before senators head home for Christmas.
By James Jay Carafano | 11/18/13 09:33 AM
Andy Marshall came to Washington in 1971. President Richard Nixon recruited him to start up an office in the White House to help think through how to handle the toughest, most complicated challenges of the Cold War.
By James Jay Carafano | 11/10/13 06:48 PM
Roald Dahl wrote children’s stories. Two of them—“James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and Chocolate Factory”—were made into big-budget Hollywood movies. Another British writer, Ian Fleming, also penned children’s books. His “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang” made it to the...
By James Jay Carafano | 11/08/13 06:54 AM
America is already fighting in cyberspace. Look for more, not fewer, engagements in the years ahead. But the Pentagon should worry less about a cyber Pearl Harbor and more about losing the daily slog in the cyber-trenches. The cyber threat is a serious national security issue. Indeed, it’s a...
By James Jay Carafano | 11/01/13 08:29 PM
Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan...
By James Jay Carafano | 10/28/13 09:54 AM
It’s the grand prize in a globalized world — owning the shortest trade route between Asia, Europe and North America.
By James Jay Carafano | 10/21/13 09:52 AM
It was a terrible year for Tehran. With the 2009 election fast approaching, the mullahs tried to buy votes by giving away free produce. Rather than appease the masses, the giveaway sparked cries of "death to potatoes." Frustration with the rigged election ignited the "Green Revolution," which...
By James Jay Carafano | 10/14/13 09:31 AM
Lunchtime at the Olympia Café — it was a long-running skit during the golden age of “Saturday Night Live.” Inevitably, customers would order a Coca Cola, and the Greek counterman (John Belushi) would scream, “No Coke! Pepsi!” In one sketch, however, a Coke salesman enters and hands...
By James Jay Carafano | 10/07/13 10:49 AM
Andy Marshall is an evil genius. During the Nixon administration, he set up shop in the White House to help rethink how to deal with the Soviet menace. In 1973, he shifted to the Pentagon. There he pioneered "net assessment," a new way of thinking about military force. Measuring military...
By James Jay Carafano | 09/30/13 12:33 PM
In 1993, Iraqi dictator Sadden Hussein rejected arms inspections, and Kuwait disrupted a plot to assassinate former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and proceeded to proliferate. “Ignoring how badly states treat their own people...
By James Jay Carafano | 09/23/13 08:49 AM
A world leader and brilliant diplomat. That’s how Anthony Eden saw himself. In 1956, during his second year as Britain's Prime Minister, he gave the green light to an audacious plan to topple the Egyptian government. Joining with the French, he would seize control of the Suez Canal, showing...
By James Jay Carafano | 09/14/13 06:22 PM
On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army poured across the 38th parallel. One young U.S. lieutenant, eying the enemy horde’s advance, turned to his seasoned sergeant and asked, “What do we do, Sarge?” The reply, “Sir, I don’t know what you are going to do, but I am going to run.”
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