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J.P. White is currently a defense analyst and freelance journalist working in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Georgetown University.

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Russia Is Going to Invade Ukraine: Predictions and Rationales

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:40 PM

"Ukraine's glory and freedom are not dead yet." Believe it or not these are actually the very first lines of the Ukrainian national anthem. They are about as depressing as they are prophetic.

At this point, it appears clear that Russia intends to invade Eastern Ukraine, perhaps...

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Flying the Devil's Chariot

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Russia's latest annexation of the Crimea has left many old hands in Washington longing for the days of the Cold War when things just seemed so much simpler. As clichéd as it sounds, there used to be rules to this game called global politics. Intrigue and espionage were par for...

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U.S. Military Aid Is Not a Gift, It's a Payment

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Every few years the issue is raised as to why the U.S. government is annually handing over taxpayer money to oppressive foreign governments that are often at odds with American foreign policy. Congressmen hold hearings and wax enraged about the payments they themselves have routinely approved. What is absent from...

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Generational Warfare

(7) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Turn on any news channel these days and you will hear that we as a country are currently experiencing class warfare. The rich get richer while the poor remain the same. To the mainstream media I say: since when is this news? This has always been the case going back...

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Why Negotiating With the Taliban Won't Work

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 3:29 PM

Recently announced plans by the Afghan government for negotiations with the Taliban have been described to me by Afghan colleagues as both the best and the last idea that remains for how to bring the bring the nine year war to a close. International security forces (ISAF) and the Taliban...

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Following the Money in U.S.-Saudi Arms Deals

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 12:49 PM

Originally Posted on Demagogues and Dictators

A few days ago the U.S. and Saudi governments announced a record breaking $60 Billion dollars in future arms sales. This comes as a great relief to the Obama administration who was faced with the prospect of massive layoffs in the defense...

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What the Future Holds for the Millennial Generation

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 10:31 PM

It has recently been brought to my attention that as someone in their mid twenties I am now a member of what has been referred to as the millennial generation. We are a group of people who were raised in years of economic prosperity and tech bubbles only to have...

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Civil War Still a Possibility in Iraq

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 1:34 PM

I have been meaning to write a post recently concerning mutterings I've been hearing from individuals with experience in Iraq about the very real possibility that Iraq may be in store for another civil war. Yesterday's coordinated attacks by insurgents are a chilling sign that it is far too soon...

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Plan to Cut the Defense Budget by $150 Billion Over Five Years

(6) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 9:12 PM

A few days ago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that he would like to see the Defense Department cut $100 billion from the defense budget over the next five years. As someone who has studied the defense budget in depth over the past few years at both the Kennedy...

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Taliban Missiles Likely Supplied by Pakistan, Not USA

(21) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 5:09 PM

One of the major revelations to come out of the 92,000 previously classified documents recently released by wikileaks is that apparently the Taliban have on several occasions fired at U.S aircraft using surface to air missiles better known as MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems). The media has seized upon...

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Obama Lacks a Suitable Replacement for McChrystal

(73) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 6:57 AM

Originally Published at Demagogues and Dictators

In my opinion General McChrystal will survive this ordeal not because he is the best man for the job but because he is the only man for the job. Discussion around the campfire here in Afghanistan has centered around who would be...

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A View From Afghanistan: Why McChrystal Spoke Out

(12) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 6:49 AM

Originally Published at Demagogues and Dictators


Here in Afghanistan the talk in the hallways and cafeterias has been dominated by discussions of what will happen when "the boss" meets with President Obama tomorrow at the White House. There is no question that General McChrystal will offer...

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Border Security: The Solution... But You're Not Going to Like it

(35) Comments | Posted June 19, 2010 | 2:27 PM

I would like to start out by making a disclaimer, as this post is sure to generate some criticism. I am in no way anti-immigration, nor do I support government action restricting the rights of immigrants (legal or not) such as the law recently enacted in Arizona allowing police to...

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Why News of Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan Is Neither New Nor GOOD

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 6:52 AM

On Monday, the New York Times reported on a Defense Department memo claiming that under Afghanistan's hard terrain lays nearly a $1 trillion in mineral deposits. These minerals include large veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium, a vital component of computer batteries. But the reality of this story...

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For the Love of God, Stop Giving Meghan McCain Attention!

(12) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 5:46 PM

A while back my politically minded sister asked me if I had checked out this news and opinion website called the Daily Beast. I informed her that I had and despite its popularity amongst some quite intelligent friends of mine, I for one refuse to give that site a single...

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Setting the Bar Too High For Al Qaeda

(5) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 2:23 PM

Anyone who knows me will likely tell you that should you ever hear me say anything good about the most recent Bush administration that you may want to get your ass to a church because there is a decent chance that its a sign of the end of days. However,...

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Where Is My Star Trek Universal Translator?

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 11:39 AM

I am happy to report that we (and by we I mean the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Program Agency) are closer than ever before to coming out with a hand held translation device. Yes the same people who brought you the internet and GPS, are currently funding a...

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Israel's New Drone Not for Use Against Iran

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 11:37 AM

On Sunday the Israeli military revealed the latest in a long line of drone technology to come out of this small but extremely well armed nation. As reported by the My Way blog,

The Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making them the size...

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