I am reading this article again. It is the first blog I ever posted and most of it is up to date after 15 years. I read a lot about the Korean War, a war that most of us want to forget—if we ever knew much about it in the first place. That study caused me to have an epiphany regarding China’s strategy in 2006.
I started analyzing the strategic thinking of Mao Zedong in order to grasp how China’s leadership was approaching its promise to take control of Taiwan. Such a move will almost certainly involve the Philippines, Japan and American territories in the Pacific.
As a Spokane Criminal Defense attorney, Mark Knapp often gets calls regarding restoration of gun rights, expungement and the right to possess firearms under Washington state law. In Washington state, expungement does not restore the right to possess firearms. A Petition to Restore the Right to Possess Firearms is the procedure that is required pursuant to RCW 9.41.040.
The recent war in which Azerbaijan quickly defeated Armenia is the first war to demonstrate how unmanned weapons and electronic surveillance are now a critical factor in conflicts involving smaller states and/or irregular forces.
In this recent war, the Turkish-made BAYRAKTAR TB2 Unmanned Air Combat Vehicle (UCAV) and the Israeli-made HAROP Loitering Munition (LM) dominated the fighting and provided Azerbaijan with a war-winning advantage. The following are some lessons from that war that indicate the shape of battlespaces in the future. From Ten Lessons from the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, By John Antal. See American Partisan.
Azerbaijan outspent Armenia six-to-one, investing more than $24 billion in the decade before the war to purchase the latest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), UCAV, and LM technology from Turkey and Israel. One of the primary lessons of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War was to “know yourself and know your enemy.”
Gaining Initiative in Action & Technology. Japan is an example of a low technology nation that created the first successful carrier groups and managed to do this virtually overnight in the years before Pearl Harbor. Buying the best carriers and taking the initiative, however, did not alone guarantee success in war. Training, organization, and leadership are key.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY. The Azerbaijanis researched recent changes in warfare, adopted the latest weapons and looked at how Turkish forces operated in Syria.
The manner in which societies organize for war has always been dependent on a number of interrelated factors. Technology is an important factor but there are many instances where societies that are behind in the technology of warfare or even behind in industrial strength and other economic factors have been able to become better organized than their opponents. Japan, for example, created the first successful carrier groups and managed to do this virtually overnight in the years before Pearl Harbor.
At Pearl Harbor, the Japanese executed tactics gleaned from systematic study of the British attack on Taranto that destroyed a major portion of the Italian Navy.
Just prior to WW II, theorists like Liddell Hart advocated in favor of integrating fast moving armored vehicles with smaller infantry units and air cover. The only authorities in a position to follow Hart’s innovative doctrine who actually listened were members of the German High Command.
The German execution of the lightning-fast tactics that the world came to know as Blitzkrieg overran France’s “state of the art” defenses in a matter of a few days with a loss of German lives that was almost nil!
Kudos to President Biden! The U.S. should maintain America’s military support for Taiwan but reject the “one China” framework. President Biden has not repudiated the “one China” policy. But he has indicated strong support for Taiwan’s national security.
For more than 40 years, the Doctrine of Ambiguity and a “one China” policy have created confusion regarding U.S. commitments to Taiwan.
The Biden Administration gets kudos for stepping up to the plate—if they are prepared to do what it takes. Ambiguity & the “one China” policy has invited chaos while China has made it’s intentions clear and unambiguous.
Jesus proclaimed that John the Baptist was the greatest Prophet:
“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (lay claim to it).”
Isaiah prophesied concerning John:
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
There is an ancient highway that still runs from Egypt to Syria and modern day Iraq, the former seat of the Babylonian Empire. The highway has always been strategic because any governmental power seeking dominion over those regions needs the access the highway provides for armies to travel through Israel.
During the last four years, the Trump Administration made amazing progress in promoting religious freedom. The Secular Democrats of America object to such an agenda and recommend reversing most of what has been in place going back to many years before President Trump took office.
If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Long before I attended law school, I began reading the Bible. The following is a short excerpt of an electronic book that we are offering to provide at no charge. Just request a copy of The Warrior Heart at the email address on our Homepage.
“He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”