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The Ghosts of Beirut: History and Secrets

The Ghosts of Beirut: History and Secrets

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI–  Few will remember that thirty-one years ago today, the United States received its baptism of fire in the Middle East.  On October 23, 1983, at 6:20 on a Sunday morning, a Mercedes truck smashed through the gates of
Speaking Against a Domestic Enemy

Speaking Against a Domestic Enemy

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday demanding an investigation into what it called the “gross infringement” of Americans’ civil rights by the National Security Agency. The resolution states that “the mass collection and retention of personal data [by
NATO 'Mentors' Train a Resurgent Afghan Air Force

NATO 'Mentors' Train a Resurgent Afghan Air Force

(Bagram, Afghanistan)  On a grey-brown December morning, an Afghan Air Force C-208 taxis and holds short of runway two-nine at Kabul International Airport. Its mission isn’t glamorous: a liaison flight from the capital to the NATO Base at Bagram, up
Benghazi: Tough Questions and Hard Answers

Benghazi: Tough Questions and Hard Answers

Another sad chapter in the Benghazi saga will open on June 26, when retired Army General Carter Ham, the former leader of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will respond to questions from the House Armed Services Committee.  General Ham was
Benghazi & Mogadishu: A Case of Déjà vu

Benghazi & Mogadishu: A Case of Déjà vu

Nineteen years ago, a failure to support US troops in combat led to the resignation of the Secretary of Defense. Will history repeat itself? Blackhawk Down– the words continue to chill, nineteen years after heavily armed terrorists shot down two
Why Benghazi Matters

Why Benghazi Matters

It has taken more than four weeks, but the facts of the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi are slowly emerging.  It is now known that on the evening of September 11, 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens conducted a scheduled

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