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Ireland’s Wars: Breaking The Hindenburg Line

By the end of September 1918, the Allies’ success in the first two thirds of the Hundred Days meant that they were knocking on the door of the Hindenburg Line, that series of defensive trenches that the Germans had constructed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 69th On The Western Front

The last stage of the war, following the end of the Spring Offensive and the beginning of the Hundred Days, was, looking at it from a distance, a time of unrelenting Allied gains and success, as their combined armies seemed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Fenians

In the aftermath of the failed 1848 rebellion, many of those who had allied themselves to the Young Irelander movement and fought at Ballingarry fled abroad, or were pushed into an involuntary exile by British authorities that sought to drain … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The American Revolution

The American War of Independence, fought between 1775 and 1783, was a shockwave in world politics, a cross-continental conflict that sucked in many great European powers and left the British Empire with a black eye that was both unexpected and … Continue reading

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The Second Presidential Debate

I wrote down some live thoughts for the first debate, so I figured I’d keep going for the second. Big, big night. Romney’s surprisingly effective performance against the President in the first debate narrowed the race for the White House … Continue reading

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The First Presidential Debate

I don’t write a gigantic amount about American politics – last time was here really – but last night was the first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. I decided, on a whim, to … Continue reading

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Israel And Douhet

A fascinating piece by Jeffrey Goldberg on Bloomberg about Israeli expectations of war with Iran. Especially of note is this paragraph: A widely held assumption about a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is that it would spur Iranian citizens … Continue reading

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The Next Republican Failure

I have refrained from commenting on American politics for a while now, but I can’t resist offering some thoughts on what’s been happening over there in regards to picking a challenger to Barack Obama for this year’s Presidential election. First … Continue reading

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Bin Laden: Some Brief Thoughts

Bin Laden’s death is a long time coming, and it is something that should be celebrated. One cannot begrudge the glee of Americans celebrating at Ground Zero today. But all of this celebration must be tinged with a degree of … Continue reading

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The Fort By Bernard Cornwell

It really isn’t one of his best. It’s a general retelling of the ill-fated Penobscot expedition during the American Revolutionary War, one of the revolutionaries great military failures. Cornwall tells the story mostly through four perspectives: American militia General Peleg … Continue reading

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