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Jun 17, 2014

Panel featuring Robert Kagan and David J. Kramer, at a conference hosted by Freedom House, The American Interest, and John Hopkins SAIS.

 

 

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Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

John Nagl

October 16, 2014

 

When John Nagl was an army tank commander in the first Gulf War of 1991, fresh out of West Point and Oxford, he could already see that America’s military superiority meant that the age of conventional combat was nearing an end. Nagl was an early convert to the view that America’s greatest future threats would come from asymmetric warfare—guerrillas, terrorists, and insurgents. But that made him an outsider within the army; and as if to double down on his dissidence, he scorned the conventional path to a general’s stars and got the military to send him back to Oxford to study the history of counterinsurgency in earnest, searching for guideposts for America. The result would become the bible of the counterinsurgency movement, a book called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife.


But it would take the events of 9/11 and the botched aftermath of the Iraq invasion to give counterinsurgency urgent contemporary relevance. John Nagl’s ideas finally met their war. But even as his book began ricocheting around the Pentagon, Nagl, now operations officer of a tank battalion of the 1st Infantry Division, deployed to a particularly unsettled quadrant of Iraq. Here theory met practice, violently. No one knew how messy even the most successful counterinsurgency campaign is better than Nagl, and his experience in Anbar Province cemented his view. After a year’s hard fighting, Nagl was sent to the Pentagon to work for Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, where he was tapped by General David Petraeus to coauthor the new army and marine counterinsurgency field manual, rewriting core army doctrine in the middle of two bloody land wars and helping the new ideas win acceptance in one of the planet’s most conservative bureaucracies. That doctrine changed the course of two wars and the thinking of an army.


Nagl is not blind to the costs or consequences of counterinsurgency, a policy he compared to “eating soup with a knife.” The men who died under his command in Iraq will haunt him to his grave. When it comes to war, there are only bad choices; the question is only which ones are better and which worse. Nagl’s memoir is a profound education in modern war—in theory, in practice, and in the often tortured relationship between the two. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of America’s soldiers and the purposes for which their lives are put at risk.

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Nov 11, 2014

Date: 6th of November 2014 at 6pm
Place: The main lecture hall of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University
Organized by: Univerzity Christian Association (www.ukh.cz) and the Faculty of Arts of Charles University.

At the lecture, prof. John Lennox presents two systems of thinking which seem to go against each other: a materialistic one (Does only this world exist, only substance?) and a theistic one (does something, which transcendents the substance, exist, too?). There is no simple answer to this introductory question. If there was, all scientists would be atheists and not one of them would have been a theist. The conflict is not between science and faith, but between two thinking systems which go against each other, the materialistic one on one side and the theistic one on the other. Science lies between them, To which one of these systems do the proofs of science lean towards? To dedicate one's self to science requires faith in the understability of the universe, an assumption that the universe is based on order which the scientists are able to discover.

 

Prof. Lennox explains the consequences and implications of both views for science and at the same time comments logical mistakes or incorrect assumptions or options, which the representatives of New atheism offer. At the presentation, you will be challenged to consider whether despite the generally widespread concept of 'religion stopping or limiting scientific work', the theistic view of the world is not a better start for the development of science than the materialistic one.

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88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary Hardcover
Robert L. Grenier

 

“A fascinating account of our early post 9/11 days in Afghanistan by one of the CIA’s key figures in the drama. A sobering, but must-read primer for the complexities of these tumultuous times.” (General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (Ret.), former commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan)

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Mar 6, 2015

In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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Published on Apr 1, 2015

The Commentary brings award-winning journalist and author James O'Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, to give a talk entitled, "Digital Media Breakthroughs." His talk will include a media presentation, and will concern his involvement in journalism, touching on why he investigates what he does, and how he has become an innovator in the field of "citizen journalism."

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From the You Never Know What You'll Find File

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA, delivers the second lecture of his Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Intelligence Studies at the University of Oxford, February 2014.

 

 

(Note The Date. Still Well Worth The Time Spent)

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Debating the conservative heart: Does the GOP care about people like me?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 

 

Does the GOP have a communications problem? Consecutive elections have shown that, despite having the best solutions to problems such as poverty and declining mobility, Americans don’t trust conservatives because they fail to speak in a way that reflects concern and compassion. For too long, conservatives have been a movement of the head and not the heart. As GOP presidential hopefuls prepare to discuss priorities and policy solutions to pressing issues facing the nation, will they show they care?

 

Join AEI President Arthur C. Brooks, former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, Republican pollster and author of “The Selfie Vote” Kristen Soltis Anderson, and former White House speechwriter and AEI scholar Marc A. Thiessen, for a pre-debate discussion and reception in Cleveland, Ohio. Panelists will discuss the importance of a new approach to communicating the conservative message and the impact it could have on the primary season and upcoming presidential election.

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The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down

August 3, 2015
by Geoff Shepard

 

An aging judge about to step down. Aggressive prosecutors friendly with the judge. A disgraced president. A nation that had already made up its mind. The Watergate trials were a legal mess—and now, with the discovery of new documents that reveal shocking misconduct by prosecutors and judges alike, former Nixon staffer Geoff Shepard has a convincing case that the wrongdoing of these history-making trials was actually a bigger scandal than the Watergate scandal itself.

 

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Language warning.....and no I don't mean Trigger Words/Micro-Aggression although they are in abundance

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