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January 6 Heralded Simple Yet Brutal Dichotomy of America that Defines Our Current Era

Unless these ongoing insurrection attempts are crushed, future historians may look at the January 6, 2021 Trump Capitol insurrection as a dividing line beginning a new era of American history, and, even then, this may still happen By Brian E ...
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On Christianity, Ancient Rome, History, and Memory: A Christmas Season Reflection

A review of The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World (by Catherine Nixey, Mariner Books, 2017 hc/2019 pb, 358 pages) By Brian E. Frydenborg, December 26, 2021 (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) The New York Times SILVER SPRING—As I write this on ...
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A BIG F**KING DEAL: Biden’s Infrastructure Bill in Historical Perspective

Conventional “wisdom” from the chattering classes naysayed what is happening today as an impossibility or dead again and again, with such “wisdom” driving the media's pathetic coverage of the biggest legislative story coming out of Washington in a half-century. Some ...
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THE Way to Watch Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Clone Wars Finale for Max Emotional Impact

George Lucas's apprentice Dave Filoni has given us a grand finale to Clone Wars inseparable from Revenge of the Sith. My guide to viewing the two works together as an apex of Star Wars glory. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) November ...
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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 ...
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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 on 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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