Austin Bay

Posted October 23, 2014

The battle for the Syrian Kurd town of Khobane has emerged as an opportunity to deal the Islamic State a military and political defeat. Maximizing the opportunity, however, requires what has been most grievously missing from the struggle against the terrorists and their so-called caliphate: persuasive, coherent and steadfast American leadership.

Posted October 15, 2014

Four weeks ago President Barack Obama declared that organizing an effective international coalition was an essential predicate to defeating and destroying the threat to world order posed by the so-called Islamic State.

Posted October 08, 2014

According to former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a frustrated President Barack Obama has given up on leading. World events refuse to break his way.

Posted September 24, 2014

In a recent column assessing President Barack Obama's judgment (after six years in office), the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens asked, "What does Obama Know?"

Posted September 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has declared, repeatedly, that U.S. ground troops will not have a combat mission in his war against the Islamic State. Last week, Obama ardently pledged that he would not be "dragged" into another Iraq ground war.

Posted September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama has a knack for repeatedly declaring peace.

Posted September 03, 2014

Events in Ukraine since mid-August demonstrate that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin knows how to create operational and tactical options in order to achieve long-range, history-shaping strategic goals.

Posted August 28, 2014

In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are.

Posted August 21, 2014

Winston Churchill disparaged Operation Anvil-Dragoon, the Aug. 15, 1944 Allied "second D-Day" invasion of Southern France. Churchill joked that he was "dragooned" into an unnecessary invasion. D-Day, June 6th, had breached Fortress Europe. A French Riviera "pincer" was folly.

Posted August 13, 2014

The terror gang now known as the Islamic State planned and executed an astonishingly successful military and media offensive.

Posted August 06, 2014

Arming a geopolitical foe is a grave mistake

Posted July 30, 2014

On July 28, 1914, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II returned to Berlin after a long sailing holiday in the North Sea and off Norway.

Posted July 23, 2014

Ultimate responsibility for the massacre of the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 begins and ends in the Kremlin office of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Posted July 16, 2014

According to the Israeli government, in this latest round of Israel-Hamas combat, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system has (so far) intercepted 90 percent of targeted incoming Hamas rockets.

Posted July 10, 2014

I doubt Barzani intentionally echoed Woodrow Wilson's post-World War I call for political self-determination. Kurdish nationalists believe, with good cause, they were grievously wronged after World War I.

Posted July 02, 2014

Sometime during the spring of 1944, Allied commanders concluded that their air forces had secured air superiority over an area stretching from Great Britain to central France as well as parts of Belgium and Holland.

Posted June 25, 2014

On June 28, 1914, Serbian ultra-nationalist Gavril Princip assassinated Austro-Hungarian Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Police quickly arrested Princip and the rest of a ragtag band of Serb terrorists who had come to the Balkan city to provoke hate and create chaos.

Posted June 18, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's bloody media foray into northern Iraq adds another international dimension to Syria's thoroughly internationalized civil war.

Posted June 04, 2014

Pointe du Hoc on Normandy's northern coast was D-Day's "high ground."

Posted May 28, 2014

Ukraine has won another important political battle in its war with the Kremlin. Ballots are not bullets but in Ukraine's case, last Sunday's presidential election confirmed the Ukrainian people's will to resist Russian imperialism and defend their independence.