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The Bad-Nukes Myth

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Nuclear weapons are not evil. Terrifying, yes. But their horrific capabilities prevented a Third World War. It all depends on whose finger is on the button.

Until yesterday’s formal announcement of the administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review, nukes also kept us safe from a range of threats short of a doomsday scenario: Our enemies risked going only so far. Nukes didn’t prevent all wars — but wars remained local.

Yesterday, we threw away a significant part of history’s most successful deterrent. (more…)

Why Putin Can’t Crush His Islamists

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

It’s been an embarrassing week for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, prime minis ter and de facto czar.

On Monday, Islamist suicide bombers struck just a rifle shot from the Kremlin.

The worst of the two subway bombings rubbed ex-KGB man Putin’s nose in it by slaughtering dozens in the Lyubanka station — named for the notorious security-service headquarters upstairs.

And the day after the two blasts killed 39 (with twice that many hospitalized), Islamist terrorists renewed their bombing campaign in Russia’s Muslim republic of Daghestan, next to battered (Muslim) Chechnya. (more…)

Terrorist vs. Terrorist

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

As an intelligence officer or journalist, you’ve got to know which sources you can trust. And a source who’s never let me down told me yesterday that the terrorist multinational based in Pakistan is coming apart.

According to this insider’s insider, the Pakistan-headquartered Afghan Taliban is furious at the Taliban’s Pakistani wing because its assaults on the Islamabad government triggered a stunning backlash.

Unleashed at last, Pakistan’s military launched a series of offensives aimed at smacking down the domestic Taliban. (more…)

Bam’s triple-diplo-whammy day

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, was the worst day for US diplomacy in recent memory.

Between sunrise and sunset, we 1) handled our Israeli allies as enemies, 2) treated Pakistani gangsters as our benefactors and 3) got blindsided — brilliantly — by the Russians.

First, the Russians: Well aware that President Obama desperately wants to hold in his hand a piece of paper guaranteeing nuclear arms cuts in our time, Moscow has been stalling and brawling to force us to bend to its will. (more…)

Karzai’s tilt toward Tehran

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

It’s wretched enough that our “friend” Ahmed Chalabi has become Iran’s point man in Iraq. Now “our man in Kabul,” President Hamid Karzai, is quietly shifting his loyalty to Tehran.

Beyond Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedinejad’s recent chummy visit to Karzai — reported by the media but downplayed by Washington — Iran’s been training Taliban forces to kill our troops more efficiently.

Karzai hasn’t complained. Nor has he objected to Tehran’s expansion of its support for its clients in western Afghanistan. He wants that support for himself. (more…)

Breaking with Israel

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

If the Obama administration continues to betray Israel, will any ally ever trust us again?

We’ve been viewed as a fickle (if mighty) partner at least since the 1970s, when we abruptly dumped allies from Saigon to Tehran. Now the White House not only delights in insulting our closest traditional ally, Britain, but has intensified its diplomatic pogrom against Israel — our only respectable ally in the Middle East. (more…)

US victims: New low in Mexico’s war

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

The war is here. In our front yard. 18,000 dead in five years. With the casualty count worsening. And our attention is half a world away.

In the wake of a Saturday night party in Juarez, Mexico — across the Rio Grande from El Paso — two American citizens affiliated with the US consulate were gunned down in a narco-terror hit. (more…)

Why our ‘post-modern presidents’ fail

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Since the end of World War II, our country has had three great presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

Their politics varied, but these giants stand in sharp contrast to our last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Obama. The first two presided over gravely flawed presidencies; the third is on his way to outright failure. (more…)

Ballots beat bombs

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Threats, bombs and at least 36 dead didn’t stop Iraqis from voting on Sunday. But the harder part — forming a new, more inclusive national government — lies ahead.

Formal results won’t come for a few days. We’ll learn how many votes, authentic and fraudulent, went to each of the big five parties and fringe elements. But the news looks good, so far.

The biggest question for us in this election has been how much influence Iran might have in the aftermath. Tehran pulled out all the stops — funneling in money and agents, sponsoring terror and engaging in no end of political chicanery. (more…)

You Can’t Win Hearts, Minds Of Radical Islam

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

A good first step in waging war is to figure out why your enemy is fighting. For over eight years, we’ve refused to do that in Afghanistan. In the recent Marine offensive against the Taliban in Marjah, this resulted in a clear geographical objective, but a vague pacification mission targeting a stick-figure enemy. Tactical success is built on strategic quicksand.

We’re mired in Afghanistan because successive administrations in Washington have conflated the hayseed Taliban with al Qaeda’s cosmopolitans. (more…)