McCants explains the Saudis, Quantico rebukes them

[ by Charles Cameron — Saudi-sourced jihadism, the FBI, Baader-Meinhof — hey, it’s all about terrosism ] . Will McCants explains [upper panel, below] how the Saudis are and are not promoting terrorism — — while a screen-cap from episode 9 in the first season of Quantico explains just why such an approach is logically […] Read more »

Recommended Reading—Summer 2016

[by J. Scott Shipman]   The Storm of Creativity, by Kyna Leski 2017 War With Russia, by General Sir Richard Shirreff The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough Serendipities, Language and Lunacy, by Umberto Eco Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa Undertow, by Stanton S. Coerr The White Horse Cometh, by Rich Parks Washington The Indispensable […] Read more »

Guest Post: The U.S. Marines, America’s Forever Tribe by Stan Coer

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] We at ZP would like to thank Colonel Stan Coerr for his permission to reprint this essay, written on the eve of  his retirement last July, after a quarter century of of military service in the Marine Corps Reserve and on active duty. Stan Coerr is the author of Rubicon: […] Read more »

New Article up at Pragati: Lethal Ideas & Insurgent Memories – Review of The Violent Image

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] The Violent Image by Neville Bolt  I have a new book review up at Pragati this morning: Lethal ideas and insurgent memory  ….One expert who does acknowledge a paradigmatic shift and posits a powerful explanatory model for the behavior of what he terms “the new revolutionaries” is Dr Neville Bolt of the War Studies [...] Read more »

Memorial Day

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or [...] Read more »

Sow wind, reap whirlwind

[ by Charles Cameron -- on blowback, in praise of a Gregory Johnsen post, and literacy ] . . ED Hirsch and Joseph F Kett‘s New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy doesn’t appear to have an entry for the phrase “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” which is straight out [...] Read more »

The best war game is a library of windows

[ by Charles Cameron -- Escher, Borges, simulating the future, wargames, A Pattern Language, Sembl ] . . Ridiculous phrase, a library of windows. Unless you think, as I do, of books as windows onto different worlds, in which case it makes a whole lot of sense, and a decent library has more windows onto [...] Read more »