The Best Defense

The Best Defense

Given all that is going on, why is 'International Security' so damn boring?

The Best Defense mailboat last week dropped off the new issue of Harvard's International Security magazine. I tore off the wrapper eagerly and gazed at the contents. And then I nodded off.

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Quote of the day: Where are the black officers in Army combat commands?

"The lack of black officers who lead infantry, armor and field artillery battalions and brigades -- there are no black colonels at the brigade level this year -- threatens the Army's effectiveness, disconnects it from American society and deprives black officers of the principal route to top Army posts" -- Tom Vanden Brook in USA Today

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Australian Army take on the future of war, plus some good thinking on other issues

This document is worth perusing, but hardly earth-shaking. It is the first time I've ever seen an official military document take note of the concept of "R2P," a.k.a. "responsibility to protect" (p. 20, paragraph 64).

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Did the Saudis agree to creating Israel?

So it would seem. I have been reading the World War II diaries of Oliver Harvey, a fairly obscure British diplomat. On Nov. 1, 1941, he wrote that "Weizmann had seen [St. John] Philby, Ibn Saud's man and a converted Moslem, who had said he believed Ibn Saud would be willing to give Palestine to the Jews provided that the Jews financed it and H.M.G. [His Majesty's Government -- i.e., the British] backed him."  

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