Earl H. Tilford

The Strategic Effect of Operation of Kayla

BY EARL H. TILFORD Raids, like Operation Kayla resulting in the death of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi and other ISIS terrorist leaders, are usually small affairs with...

A Time of Civility Needed Again

BY EARL H. TILFORD Tonight , President Donald Trump will visit Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stated, “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent...

Missing in Action: How America Forgets MIA Day

BY EARL H. TILFORD Presidential proclamation, along with decrees by state governors, have served to establish September 20 as a national day of recognition for...

Hypocrisy in the Northam Affair

BY EARL H. TILFORD Late breaking news on Friday, February 1 revolved around a supposed 1984 medical school party photo of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam...

Angela Davis and the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award

BY EARL H. TILFORD On Friday, January 4, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute revoked its invitation to honor city native Angela Y. Davis at a...

Losing sight of the Great War in American History

BY EARL H. TILFORD The anniversary of the end of the Great War—despite President Donald Trump visiting pan-European ceremonies in France—passed almost unnoticed in the...

Alabama, August 1963: Sunset of Innocence

BY EARL H. TILFORD On Monday morning August 26, 1963, my best friend Tony Beason and I started walking 85 miles from Decatur, Alabama southward...

Summit II: A Great Idea

Exclusive to Self-Educated American BY EARL H. TILFORD A week after the Monday, July 16 Helsinki meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the American left...

Trumpets for a U.S. Space Force

BY EARL H. TILFORD “Where there is chaos, there also is opportunity.” Sun Tzu (or was it Chuck Schumer?) President Donald J. Trump has trumpeted the notion...

Babylon’s City Limits

BY EARL H. TILFORD The point of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel is not to explain the diversity as effect.  The cause...

Homeland: Art imitating Life

BY EARL H. TILFORD “All theory is gray.  But forever green is the tree of life.”                                                          Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1842) I have enjoyed every season...

The Grand Strategy of the Trump Administration

BY EARL H. TILFORD ‘The art of war is divided between force and stratagem.  What cannot be done by force must be done by stratagem.” — Frederick...

Coaches Paul Bryant and Joe Paterno in Retrospect

BY EARL H. TILFORD “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” —William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” Alabama football Coach...

Revive Us Again: Billy Graham and that Old Time Religion

BY EARL H. TILFORD Hallelujah, Thine the glory. Hallelujah, amen! —William P. Mackay, 1863 I am right behind Billy Graham on life’s final lap.  My first...

Limiting the Coming War

BY EARL H. TILFORD “War is the realm of the unexpected.” — B. H. Liddell Hart, 1950 Early 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz identified...

The Big Button

BY EARL H. TILFORD “Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human beings if you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelings about nuclear combat.” —King...

North Korea: Apocalypse When?

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...

A Vision for Middle East Peace and Security

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...

The Key to the Russian Riddle

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...

To America’s Lions: Thank You for Your Service

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It took some time for the nation to appreciate the services offered and sacrifices endured by men...

War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where...

War: A Matter of Semantics

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....

The Gaza Trap—Earl H. Tilford

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...

On a Wing and a …

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense...

Afghanization

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...

Lessons Not Learned from Vietnam

DR. EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.”...

Iran: Israel’s Options

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a...

Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,...

Strategic Abdication

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...

Preparing the Military for Future Threats

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...