Austin Bay

Posted October 07, 2015

The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction.

Posted September 30, 2015

On September 19, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government succeeded in passing legislation revising pacifist interpretations of his nation's post-WW 2 constitution.

Posted September 23, 2015

The latest Greek crisis election produced a telling statistic: Only 55 percent of the electorate bothered to vote. The figure represents a sharp decline from 64 percent in January 2015's election. That election brought the radical-left Syriza party to power.

Posted September 16, 2015

Eight of the dead and six of the wounded were Mexican citizens. Mexico's Foreign Ministry condemned the massacre. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed personal outrage. He wrote this post on Twitter: "Mexico condemns these acts against our citizens and has demanded that the Egyptian government conduct an exhaustive investigation of what happened."

Posted September 09, 2015

Poverty, oppression, persecution and war are persistent evils. Refugees fleeing these terrible afflictions are -- usually -- a persistent trickling crisis.

Posted September 02, 2015

For some two weeks, last month's Korean confrontation followed the usual script. North Korea committed an ugly act of war. A military face-off began. Pyongyang spewed vitriol and threatened nuclear war.

Posted August 26, 2015

Terrorists rely on concealment in order to launch surprise attacks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Posted August 12, 2015

Atom bombs destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki end the Hollywood version of WW2. It's stunning cinema: a fireball, a cloud, and the curtain drops.

Posted August 05, 2015

Twenty-five years have passed since Aug. 2, 1990, the day Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait.

Posted July 29, 2015

After suffering two recent attacks by terrorists based in Syria, Turkey has ordered its military forces to prepare to enter Syria en masse and establish a "buffer zone." Turkey, seeking NATO-wide diplomatic affirmation for this risk-ridden decision, then demanded a NATO Article 4 consultation.

Posted July 22, 2015

Six state governors have done what the White House and Department of Defense should have done years ago. In the wake of the deadly July 16 terror attacks in Chattanooga, Tenn., governors in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have authorized their respective National Guards to bear weapons in order to better protect themselves and their installations.

Posted July 08, 2015

The great East Asian naval arms race has definitely begun. It is and will be quite costly.

Posted July 01, 2015

"Democracy! Whiskey! And Sexy!" an exuberant Iraqi yelled as American soldiers entered his hometown, the southern city of Najaf.

Posted June 24, 2015

In an interview last year on a Texas radio station, I was asked when China would "finally do something" about North Korea's manic threats to launch a nuclear attack.

Posted June 17, 2015

The U.S. is betting that the global trading system's economic rewards ultimately will convince China's leaders to curb their "imperialism with Chinese characteristics."

Posted June 10, 2015

In nationwide parliamentary elections held June 7, Turkish voters rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "soft Islamist" power grab.

Posted June 03, 2015

Occasionally referred to as The Three Musketeers Clause, the NATO treaty's Article 5 exemplifies the hard diplomacy that won the Cold War.

Posted May 27, 2015

On May 20, in an "on background" briefing, a "senior State Department official" discussed the recent Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province.

Posted May 20, 2015

Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted.