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Chinese Expansion in the Indian Ocean

In 1971, the last Royal Navy squadron east of Suez departed for home, leaving a power vacuum. It seemed logical the US would replace the British. The US, however, was overextended; in part because of Second Indochina, but equally,  since President Lyndon Johnson had said American could have both guns and butter, his Great Society programs – a policy President …

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What Does The Mysterious X-37 Do?

Truthfully, no one still knows. So here we have the X-37, which looks like a mini-shuttle a rich person might for her kids to play in. It seems to have about 1/8th of the volume size of the real Space Shuttle and rides to space on a rocket, encased in a protective fairing. Two could fit in the old Space …

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Trump is Right to Pressure NATO on its Spending

A big problem with President Trump is not his basic ideas, most of which are good, but the way he expresses them. So it is with NATO, only three of  whose members meet the 2% GDP spending target. That includes UK, Estonia, and Poland. Four more nations will meet that target next year, Next year the number will rise to …

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Immigration: Convoluted Thinking

All Americans are immigrants, even the so-called native Americans who migrated from Siberia. In my case, I am an immigrant of color. Every since the President cracked down on illegal immigrants, it seems every day we have multiple op-eds in the media saying we are betraying our values. The arguments made do not pass the logic test.  (a) We are …

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Indian AF Did Not Detect PLAAF J-20

In April 2018 the Indian Air Force held its largest exercise ever, flying 11,000 sorties of all kinds over 11-days. The exercise generated some excitement when the IAF said it had detected a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter over Tibet at long range. The affair is discussed at length by Stephen Bryen who has impressive academic credentials and government experience. The …