Middle East

I have added this page because of the number of postings that I have done regarding various parts of the Middle East and the probability that the turmoil in the region will cause me to write more about it than in the past. There may be some overlap with my Iraq and Afghanistan page but I will try to keep this focused on other countries and events in the region.

Why the Libyans were able to Overthrow Gaddafi and what We can learn from It: A Lesson from the work of T E Lawrence  Published 21 October 2011 What NATO and the United States did right in Libya and a look at Middle East History.

Gaddafi is Dead so what happens Now? Published 20 October 2011The death of Moammar Gaddafi and questions of what comes next.

The Promise and Peril of Revolutionary Times: A Warning From History  Published 18 October 2011 Putting revolutions around the world in context

Fighting a World Wide Insurgency Part Two: The changing nature of War and the Justified Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki Commentary on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and

Gaddafi’s Götterdämmerung: The End in Tripoli Published 21 August 2011 The fall of Tripoli, the Libyan Rebels drive out Gaddafi.

Why History Matters: The Disastrous Effects of Long Insurgency Campaigns on the Nations that Wage them and the Armies that Fight Them Published June 11th 2011 A look at the long counter-insurgency wars of the past and how they apply today

Living in the Bizzaro Post Osama Bin Laden World: Another Denny Crane Moment for Padre Steve Published May 5th after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. A post that is over the top and politically incorrect.

Bin Laden Dead: Navy SEALS Kill Terrorist in Pakistan  Published 2 May 2011

Adjusting Strategy to Reality Published 11 April 2011 An assessment of US and NATO strategy in Afghanistan in context to the broader Middle East situation

Padre Steve’s Primer on the Muddle East Published 25 March 2011 “When you are up to your arse in alligators it is hard to remember that your mission is to drain the swamp.” Old British Colonial Saying

Damned if you do and Damned if you Don’t: The Allied Intervention in Libya Published March 21st 2011 War is the province of chance. In no other sphere of human activity must such a margin be left for this intruder. It increases the uncertainty of every circumstance and deranges the course of events.”– Karl von Clausewitz

Strike on Libya: The Unknown outcome of Operation Odyssey Dawn Published 20 March 2011 The beginning of the NATO air campaign in Libya

Gaddafi Taunts the West and Kills his People: Our inaction speaks so loud he can’t hear a Word that we are Saying  Published 11 March 2011 The cost of inaction and the risks of making threats that you do not back up with force.  When I wrote this I believed that if nothing was done that Gaddafi or terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and others could turn this revolt into a regional war.

The Guns of March Published 9 March 2011 “War is the unfolding of miscalculations” Barbara Tuchman Libya in the context of the broader Middle East and US Military capabilities.

Göttdammerung in Libya: Shades of Hitler as Gaddafi Promises to Die as a Martyr Published 22 February 2011 Moammar Gaddafi promises “I am a fighter, a revolutionary from tents … I will die as a martyr at the end… I have not yet ordered the use of force, not yet ordered one bullet to be fired … when i do, everything will burn.”   

To the Shores of Tripoli: The Flames of Revolution Spread to Libya as Gaddafi Fights Back Posted February 21st as the protests in Libya provoked a response from dictator Moammar Gaddafi. Saif Al Islam Gaddafi said We will take up arms… we will fight to the last bullet… We will destroy seditious elements. If everybody is armed, it is civil war, we will kill each other.”

The Iranian Navy in the Mediterranean: Looking for War in all the Right Places Posted February 20th 2011 in response to the Iranian Navy sending ships into the Mediterranean for the first time since 1979. The article discusses the capabilities of the two ships as well as the capabilities of the Israeli Navy and possibilities of war related to the deployment.

Damned if you do…Damned if you Don’t: The Middle East Protests and U.S. Foreign Policy Posted 19 February 2011 an examination of the difficulties facing U.S. Foreign policy officials in light of the recent spread of revolution in the Arab World.

Danger in the Arabian Gulf: The Fires of Protest Spread to Bahrain Posted 18 February 2011 dealing with the protests in Bahrain, my experiences and observations having travelled there many times.

Egypt: As Mysterious as the Sphinx and as Dangerous as a Cobra….What Next? Posted 11 February 2011 as part of a series about the revolution in Egypt prior to the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

The Beginning of Chaos in Egypt: Watching and Waiting as the Situation Deteriorates Posted 2 February 2011 as the situation began to deteriorate in Egypt.

Walk Like an Egyptian: The Egyptian Revolution and the Radicalization of the Middle East Posted 31 January 2011. An analysis of the probability of the radicalization of the Middle East as revolution spreads.

Fighting a World Wide Insurgency: The Problem Fighting Revolutionary Terrorists and Insurgents- Part One Posted 28 September 2010.  An analysis of the problems of fighting modern insurgencies.

Iran Makes Noise in Persian Gulf: Obama Dispatches Patriots and Ships to Deter Posted 1 February 2010 in response to Iranian threats in the Arabian Gulf.

The Anomaly of Operation Desert Storm and Its Consequences Today Posted 3 January 2010 in which I discuss the unique aspects of Operation Desert Storm and how it impacts the American view of war 20 years later.

The Afghan War 2009-2012: Lessons from Algeria 1954-1960 A Review of “A Savage War of Peace 30 November 2009. A review of the classic book about the Algerian insurgency and what we can learn from it in Afghanistan.

Moslem Allies and Friends Posted 16 November 2009 as a result of some of the attacks on Moslems in the wake of the terrorist act committed by a Moslem Army doctor at Fort Hood. In it I look back at Moslem Iraqis that I served with during my time in Iraq.

2 responses to “Middle East

  1. Dear Padre Steve,

    My dear friend Kelly Zirbes of Kelly’s Lot has written a song about uprisings throughout the world. Inspired by conflicts in the Middle East, it is called “Restless”. Here’s a link to the song (this is simply a YouTube video/slideshow):

    It is meant to help bring awareness for human rights all over the world. We hope it does just that.

    Thanks for everything you do to keep us informed. You’re the best,

    Tamie Towers

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