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Geoffrey Wawro
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Geoffrey Wawro is the General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History at the University of North Texas, and the author of Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (Penguin Press, April 2010.)

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Nasser's Ghost: Time for Washington to Break the Stalemate in Egypt

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 3:21 PM

The ghost of Egypt's greatest statesman, Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, hangs over the mass demonstrations and strikes that have been going on for three weeks. The regime of Mubarak is a geriatric version of the "young officers' revolt" of the 1950s, which, even in Nasser's day, had become old, tired...

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Desert Storm Turns Twenty: What Really Happened in 1991, and Why it Matters, Part II of II

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 11:01 AM

This is the second installment of a two-part series. Read Part I here.

Having rebuffed American and U.N. demands that he leave Iraq, Saddam watched the U.N. deadline -- January 15, 1991 -- come and go. Baker had threatened at Geneva that "midnight of January 15th is a...

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Desert Storm Turns Twenty: What Really Happened in 1991, and Why it Matters, Part I of II

(11) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 10:32 AM

It's been twenty years since we went to war in Iraq for the first time. The years have been kind to Desert Storm, which is now remembered as an unalloyed triumph. But was it? The way Desert Storm was shaped, fought and finished revealed tremendous indecision in Washington, half measures...

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Afghanistan: The End Is Near, and We've Been There Before

(8) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 12:21 PM

Julian Assange has done America a service by releasing the new "Pentagon Papers" on Afghanistan. He reveals to a citizenry that has been left in the dark about the true nature of the war just what is going on. To the historian, the American predicament (and inevitable defeat) is foreshadowed...

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Blockading Palestine: Lessons from Exodus 1947

(28) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 12:37 PM

The IDF's blockade of the Gaza Strip and its interdiction of humanitarian flotillas is ironic in view of recent history. The end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi death camps left a pool of 500,000 Jewish refugees in Europe. Many wished to emigrate to Palestine, but...

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"A Head for an Eye": Gaza, Israel and the Limits of "Escalation Dominance."

(239) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 3:21 PM

Israel has long defended itself through a "doctrine of retaliatory action," which President Eisenhower angrily characterized in 1955 -- after savage Israeli reprisal raids into Gaza and Jordan -- as "more like a head for an eye than an eye for an eye." The doctrine has not worked since Israel's...

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"No better friend?" America, Israel and the Occupied Territories

(25) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 7:40 PM

America has "no better friend" than Israel, Vice President Joe Biden recently declaimed, even as the Israelis kicked him in the teeth with the announcement of 1,600 new settler homes in East Jerusalem. Israel's U.S. ambassador called the flap "a crisis of historic proportions ... the worst crisis since 1975,"...

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