Peter Van Buren

In Iraq, Meet the New Strategy — Same As the Old Strategy

Peter Van Buren [Originally posted at Reuters here] America’s new strategy for resolving the Sunni-Shi’ite crisis in Iraq? The Surge — again. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey sounds as if he were reading off the 2007 script, echoing the divide-and-conquer strategy that was the basis for the Surge: “If you can separate those [Sunni] groups,”…

A Casualty of War in Gaza

The Saudis, the Israelis, and U.S. Foreign Policy

b. traven Knowledgeable Americans are concerned about the conflation of Israeli-Saudi foreign policies with our own. Today we are confronted with problems which both of these countries, ostensibly allies of the U.S., have foisted on the Middle East, the United States, and indeed the entire world. The Saudis with their continued support of the most…

Mahan's vision attained: The U.S. Atlantic Fleet in 1907

Global Reach, Global Power, Has Deep Roots in America’s Past

W.J. Astore The U.S. military today openly boasts of global reach, global power.  Full spectrum dominance is the goal, with that spectrum encompassing land, sea, and air operations, but also extending to space (“the shining stars, and beyond,” one Air Force advertisement claimed) and cyberspace. The desire for global dominance has deep roots in American…