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BY EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Are Western intelligence services—primarily America’s—stupid or is North Korea a convenient toreador’s cape for problems so enormous the Trump administration and the Congress cannot begin to handle them? Look at history. Why did the most powerful nation on earth in 1962 when President...
BY EARL H. TILFORD President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel as part of his first foreign trip is as historically significant as President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 visit to China and subsequent mission to Moscow two months later to sign the first Strategic Arms Limitation...
BY EARL H. TILFORD “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The key is Russian national interest.” Winston Churchill’s quote came a quarter century and two months after the start of World War I. In late August 1914, one month into that conflict, a massive Russian army...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It took some time for the nation to appreciate the services offered and sacrifices endured by men and women who served during the Vietnam War. In addition to 58,000 deaths, there remains the enduring physical and psychological trauma experienced by many Vietnam...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies....
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” —President John F. Kennedy For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it’s apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel. For example, there’s the media trap. Hamas, like other Islamic terror groups, manipulates the Western media while toying with an abundance...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was a reaction...
DR. EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work? Here are...
DR. EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the strategic...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force and Strategic...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran and their...
Earl H. Tilford, Center for Vision and Values From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military—well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in power—kills up to 200 or more of its own citizens. Protests from Washington, the...
EARL H. TILFORD With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully rescuing two hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the deployment of small, elite units will fit in with President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military. Yet, while small, elite...
EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in “back to the future.” Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a decade into positing what 21st-century warfare would entail. These considerations were based on...
Earl H. Tilford, The Center for Vision and Values Once again, tensions between Iran and the international community are on the rise as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, released a new report that warns of concealed attempts by Iran to produce an atomic bomb. How...