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9/11, Afghanistan, and the “War on Terror”: The Long View (& the Tragic One)

Osama bin Laden’s plan was clearly to get to the U.S. to overreact and play into his hands; long after his death, his plan succeeded beyond his imagination not because of him, but because of America’s choices and behavior. Yet ...
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The Real Context News Podcast #8: Col. T. X. Hammes, USMC (Ret.), on Strategic Failure in Afghanistan

By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981, YouTube)  September 7, 2021 (recorded August 31, 2021, within hours of the U.S. military ground mission concluding in Afghanistan) see related articles, America’s History of Failure in Unconventional and Asymmetric Warfare Is Instructive for Our War ...
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The Kabul Airlift in Light of the Berlin Airlift: Surprising Parallels and Important Lessons

Despair today can give way to hope tomorrow and hope can give way to triumph even later, as it did in Berlin in 1948-1949 By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) August 25, 2021 (updated August 26 to discuss the terrorist attacks near ...
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The Real Context News Podcast #7: Col. Steve Miska, U.S. Army (Ret.) on the U.S. Withdrawal & Our Duty to Our Afghan Allies

By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981, YouTube) August 17, 2021 (recorded August 16, 2021) see related article, America’s History of Failure in Unconventional and Asymmetric Warfare Is Instructive for Our War with the Coronavirus Seventh Episode (Afghanistan Special ...
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The Urgent Questions About Cyberwarfare We Are Not Even Asking (But Must)

RCN's inaugural book review examines the indispensable This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race (by Nicole Perlroth, Bloombsury, 2021, 505 pages) By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) July 31, 2021 Pixabay SILVER SPRING/WASHINGTON—New York Times cybersecurity reporter ...
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The U.S. Should Weaponize Europe’s Oil and Natural Gas Markets in an Economic Offensive Against Russia

When it comes to the West’s problems with Russia, there is a unique opportunity for the U.S. to fuse economics and geopolitics in partnership with Europe to significantly tip some current balances in the West’s collective favor By Brian E ...
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Already in a Cyberwar with Russia, NATO Must Expand Article 5 to Include Cyberwarfare

The nature of warfare is changing and cyberwarfare is increasingly the battlefield in which our battles against our enemies are and will be fought, as Russia’s recent unprecedented SolarWinds hacking operation and other recent attacks make even clearer. Russia is ...
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Wading into Israel and Palestine Quicksand, Biden Offers a Diplomacy 101 Class for All

Biden pretty much nailed it with his efforts to achieve a cease-fire, but his critics miss the big picture and do not understand how diplomacy works By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) May 27, 2021; also published May 31, 2021, on The Times of ...
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Death, Stupidity; Rinse, Repeat: What Is New, What Is Old in Latest Israeli-Palestinian Tragedy

A sick twist in the current cycle of violence stems from the natural outcomes of the repeated past cycles of fighting and perpetuation of the extremist behavior and policies causing them By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) May ...
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The Iran Natanz Attack Sorta Happened in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (and in a way instructive for us all!)

Two Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes with surprising resonance for the Middle East and the conflict involving Iran, Israel, and America provide solid lessons on conflict and diplomacy By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) April 15, 2021; ...
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Trump Impeachment Trial Shockingly Makes Shocking Insurrection Dramatically More Shocking

It was quite obvious that Trump was grossly guilty of incitement of violent insurrection before this Senate trial, but the Democrats’ impeachment managers have done an amazing job of showing how Trump’s culpability, responsibility, and level of involvement in what ...
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Trump’s Impeachment Trial Exceedingly Simple: No Excuse Not to Convict

An open-and-shut case in which Senate Republicans are as much on trial as Trump By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Twitter @bfry1981, YouTube, Facebook) February 9, 2021 FILE PHOTO: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest in front of the U.S ...
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