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The Best Years to Invade U.S. Are 2015 and 2028

The Best Years to Invade the U.S. are 2015 and 2028 - War Is Boring - Medium
That’s when the U.S. Navy will be weakest
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The problem with America’s limited wars

The problem with America’s limited wars | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Partial interventions lead to stalemates that drive generals crazy.
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Stratfor: Why War Is Good

Stratfor: Why War Is Good | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Some of the most terrifying moments of my life have been in the midst of conflict: with American marines in Fallujah in 2004 and with armed bands in Sierra Leone in 1993. I stood next to mounds of...
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The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Here's what people will be chatting about on Wednesday. 
1. It's the final day before Scottish residents head to the polls to vote on whether or not Scotland should be an independent country....

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Resource Wars: Coming Soon to a Border Near You?

Resource Wars: Coming Soon to a Border Near You? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Russia in Ukraine, ISIS in Iraq, war in Gaza and nightly riot-watch in Ferguson, Missouri: Could the world possibly handle another crisis?
Well, ready or not, here one comes: The resource wars -- the...
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When the U.S. invaded Russia: The Allied Wars of 1918-22

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that the USA, along with Britain, France, and Japan, fought a campaign in Russia just after the Great War (World War I). The primary objective of this action was the re-establishment of an Eastern ...

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The Nature of Wars, Part II: The Impact of Technology

The Nature of Wars, Part II: The Impact of Technology | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

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It can be argued that humanity’s wars have up until the 19th century served to strengthen the leadership gene pool by favouring the strong over the weak. However, all that stopped in the 20th century

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War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

War in Europe is not a hysterical idea | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Hysterical? No, now is the time to see what is happening and to prepare.
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U.S. State Department: ISIS Not At War With U.S. “And They Don’t Represent Any Religion”

U.S. State Department: ISIS Not At War With U.S. “And They Don’t Represent Any Religion” | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Alan LeStourgeon: The incompetence of the Obama administration is simply staggering. I have said for a long time that the leaders of our country do not realize the real war they are fighting, the religious war we are facing. Groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS are willing...

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What History Says about China's Chances in a War with America

What History Says about China's Chances in a War with America | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
"If it's possible for the weaker contender to play a weak hand wisely, it's also possible for the strong to play a strong hand foolishly."
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Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it?

Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

by David Murrin         In my new book, The Roads to Wars, I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion.  Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power and military growth, which are the combined starting point for expansionary policies. China's execution of this plan of action has been consistent with such ambition.

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U.S. says China's fishing curbs 'provocative and potentially dangerous'

U.S. says China's fishing curbs 'provocative and potentially dangerous' | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, already at odds with China over that country's air defense zone, said on Thursday that new Chinese fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea...
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China-watcher David Murrin has some interesting thoughts on China's recent behavior: http://www.davidmurrin.co.uk/blog-entry/china-part-2-reform-as-demonstration-of-intention-to-rise-to-super-power-status

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Putin and Europe Are Still Preparing for War

Putin and Europe Are Still Preparing for War | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Far to the east, the newly elected speaker of the Ukrainian rebel regions’ parliament also sounded optimistic about the upcoming legislative session.  “I am certain that we must close the circle,” said Oleg Tsarov.

 

“The civil war that started in Odessa must end in Odessa, as well.” That’s Odessa, Crimea, or Odessa, Russia, depending on how permanent you believe Russia’s annexation of Crimea to be.  But it’s certainly not Odessa, Ukraine, which is what it was in February.

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I have learned about EU, USA and Russia's relationship. I want their relationship become better and do well in combination.

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Why Do So Many Chinese Expect War?

Why Do So Many Chinese Expect War? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
"How do we explain the apparent contradiction between China's hostile nationalism and its great globalization project? Wouldn't war itself be greatest of all threats to its ambition?"  
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China's Deadly Miscalculation: Believing the US can be defeated without a battle

China's Deadly Miscalculation: Believing the US can be defeated without a battle | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Mr. Axe’s otherwise excellent article (China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle) starts with one huge non sequitur.
The bad news first. The People’s Republic of China...
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Are We at War in Iraq and Syria?

Are We at War in Iraq and Syria? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
What separates a war from a “counterterrorism campaign”? Amy Davidson on the semantics of the latest American action in Iraq and Syria.
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Robert Kagan: America's Dangerous Aversion to Conflict

Robert Kagan: America's Dangerous Aversion to Conflict | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The U.S. increasingly yearns to escape the harsh realities of war, but as recent events make clear, raw force remains a key element in international politics, writes Robert Kagan.
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The Nature of Wars: Part III Avoidance

The Nature of Wars: Part III Avoidance | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The challenge of the next decade is all too clear to a Student of History. On the one side are the groups or nations with expansive demographics such as the various nations and movements of the ...

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David Murrin: The Nature of Wars, Part I, Collective Drivers

David Murrin: The Nature of Wars, Part I, Collective Drivers | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Today, it's difficult to argue, with the wars in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, that we are any closer to transcending the need for wars than were our ancestors.
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9 Military Technologies That Will Change Warfare

9 Military Technologies That Will Change Warfare | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Though some of these blueprints look like they're right out of a futuristic summer blockbuster movie, most are just a few years away from deployment. Some have the potential to save combat soldiers' lives. They all will change the face of war.
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In Iraq, Obama launches another drive-by war

In Iraq, Obama launches another drive-by war | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
President Obama says he doesn’t take lightly the decision to launch air attacks on Iraq — but you couldn’t tell that from the way he launched the attack.
Obama may or may not be making the correct decision in attacking the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — the well-armed Islamist terrorist group now attempting a horrifying takeover of Iraq — and so it would have been proper for Obama to raise the question for debate in the past few months while ISIS spread across Iraq. Also, the legality of attacking without congressional authorization is murky.
Finally, it’s hard to discern the objective of this attack: Will we bomb until ISIS is eliminated? Or does ISIS simply need to be contained? Are we simply protecting Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq? What if American intervention becomes a rallying cry for other terrorist groups in the region? Will we bomb them, too?
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Does China think it can defeat the U.S. in war?

Does China think it can defeat the U.S. in war? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
But it overlooks one decisive factor Sorry, China, but the U.S. still has the upper hand. David Axe 7-7-14  The bad news first. The People's Republic of China now believes it can successfully preve...
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Why is China doing what nations do when they prepare for war

Why is China doing what nations do when they prepare for war | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
by David Murrin         In my new book, The Roads to Wars, I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion.  Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power and military growth, which are the combined starting point for expansionary policies. China's execution of this plan of action has been consistent with such ambition.
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