Five Times the U.S. Navy Was ‘Sunk’ in Battle
It’s crucial to remember and learn from defeat. People and the institutions they comprise commonly tout past triumphs while soft pedaling setbacks. That’s natural, isn’t it? Winning is the hallmark of a successful team, losing a hateful thing. And yet debacles oftentimes have their uses. They supply a better... Read more
All the Times the Iranian Navy Got Its Ass Kicked
This story originally appeared on Feb. 9, 2014. In February 2014, the Iranian navy announced it was sending two warships toward the U.S. East Coast. “This move has a message,” Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad said, adding that the deployment is “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in... Read more
The U.S. Embassy Watched the Indonesian Army Kill 500,000 People
In 1965, the Indonesian Army and allied paramilitary groups killed at least 500,000 people because of their membership in the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), real and alleged, with the butchery extending to other dissident organizations and ethnic minorities including Chinese. The act of mass murder, one of the worst... Read more
America Had a Problem With Its Nuclear Warheads Freezing
This story originally appeared on Nov. 5, 2015. The U.S. Air Force is once again pushing for a nuclear-armed cruise missile to “fill the gap” between heavy bombers and ballistic missiles. The W-80 warhead will be the missile’s business end. The flying branch’s push comes during the largest planned overhaul... Read more
Before the Nuclear Deal, America and Iran Flirted With War
The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is arguably the most significant foreign policy achievement of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration. For all its faults, the deal demonstrated that, under certain conditions, an intensely hostile regime such as the Islamic Republic... Read more
Madre mía, este fusil contracarro finlandés era gigantesco
El descomunal fusil contracarro Lahti L-39, diseñado por Aimo Lahti ─el mayor diseñador de armas de Finlandia─, les prestó un buen servicio a los finlandeses durante los años 1940. Solo el cañón del fusil contracarro semiautomático de 20 milímetros ya medía 130 cm. de largo, y todo el arma... Read more
In 1988, Algeria and Tunisia Were Terrified of Israeli Air Raids
Late on the morning of Oct. 1, 1985, a formation of 10 Israeli air force F-15 fighters approached the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia at an altitude of 40,000 feet. In front were six F-15Bs and F-15Ds from No. 106 “Spearhead” Squadron. Each of the aircraft was carrying one U.S.-made,... Read more
What the Great Scud Hunt Says About War With North Korea
While assembling the coalition that would eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1990–1991, one thing American military planners weren’t worried about was Iraq’s Scud-B tactical ballistic missiles. True, Iraq had flung hundreds of the Soviet-designed missiles at Iranian cities during the Iran-Iraq War, but the weapons were derived from Nazi V-2... Read more
The White House Could Inadvertently Goad North Korea Into Nuking the Pacific
The Trump administration may inadvertently be provoking North Korea into conducting a live-fire test of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. While it is clear that North Korea has both ballistic missile technology and a working hydrogen bomb, the U.S. State Department recently suggested in a tweet that Pyongyang does not... Read more
What Would the Athenians Think of the U.S. Navy’s Mishaps?
U.S. Navy leaders should drink hemlock! Some of them, I mean. Figuratively. That would be the Greek approach to solving the Navy’s woes, at any rate. Take Athens. Ancient Athenians were hypersensitive about individual accountability. Athenians enforced accountability remorselessly, and these radical democrats seldom did things halfway. They went... Read more
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