Austin Bay

Posted February 25, 2015

From Feb. 19, 1945 (when U.S. Marines assaulted its beaches) to March 27 of that year (the day combat officially ceased), the island of Iwo Jima was hell on earth.

Posted February 18, 2015

Islamic State leaders are convinced their organization's sensationally barbaric execution videos serve two distinct but, from their calculated perspective, useful purposes.

Posted February 11, 2015

President Barak Obama didn't intend to make the Battle of Yarmuk (636 A.D.) a 2015 news item.

Posted February 04, 2015

Late last week pro-Kremlin separatist militias -- aided and very likely led by "green men"-- defeated the last band of Ukrainian "Cyborgs" defending Donetsk's airport.

Posted January 28, 2015

For some five years, from the 2004 presidential campaign through the end of his term, indignant media headlines excoriated Republican president George W. Bush for failing to stop Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir's genocidal war in Sudan's Darfur region.

Posted January 21, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin made dangerous history in 2014. His invasion of Crimea and subsequent annexation of the peninsula shredded the diplomatic agreements stabilizing post-Cold War Eastern Europe.

Posted January 14, 2015

It is much easier to count the dead in Paris than in rural Nigeria.

Posted January 07, 2015

In February 2000, the U.N. authorized the current Congo peacekeeping operation and named it MONUCO: U.N. Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted December 31, 2014

A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015?

Posted December 24, 2014

North Korea's successful assault on the Sony corporation provides an instructive example of a 21st-century "combined arms" attack: a cyber hack on critical information structure backed by physical attack or the threat of physical attack.

Posted December 17, 2014

Several senators returning in 2015, among them Diane Feinstein, John McCain and Joe Manchin, have already announced that they support President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Ashton Carter for secretary of defense.

Posted December 10, 2014

Captain and medical doctor James E. Kreisle's Dec. 6, 1944 letter, posted from Clervaux, Luxembourg, begins with a chest thump: "Dear Mum, Dad and Peg: I've just returned to my outfit after a leave which allowed me two days in Paris."

Posted December 03, 2014

Free enterprise is proving to be Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's most potent foe.

Posted November 26, 2014

President Barack Obama has fired Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The Beltway clerks and pundits tell us Hagel is a political scapegoat, a sacrifice to Obama's electoral drubbing.

Posted November 20, 2014

One hundred fifty years ago this month, General William Tecumseh Sherman's Union "Army of the West" marched from Atlanta, Georgia, to the seaport of Savannah.

Posted November 12, 2014

Gang and government lawlessness plague Mexico. On Sept. 26, a violent gang and a criminal government combined to massacre 43 students near the Guerrero state town of Iguala.

Posted November 05, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 9, marks the 25th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall cracked and Communist East Germany and its Kremlin overseers silently acknowledged Cold War defeat.

Posted October 29, 2014

On Oct. 26, Tunisia's secularist party, Tunisian Call (Nidaa Tounes), won a parliamentary plurality. By winning at least 35 percent of parliament's seats, Tunisian Call now has the opportunity to form a new coalition government. The Islamist Ennahda Party, which leads Tunisia's current coalition government, won 25 percent. That represents a marked decline from the last national election when Ennahda won around 40 percent.

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.