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Power Projection

Yesterday I began responding to Luke Parsnow’s “An Apology for Hiroshima is Unnecessary,” specifically pointing to the shocking conclusions in a 70-year-old interrogation report.  Sixth Army was arrayed to assault Kyushu on X-Day (Operation Olympic scheduled for 1 November 1945, the first stage of the larger Operation Downfall against the Japanese Home Islands) and Walter … Continue reading

History / Warfare

August 1945

With the first presidential visit to Hiroshima since 6 August 1945, American media is rehashing the seventy-year old question: Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, Japan has resurfaced one of history’s biggest and most important debates—whether Americans were justified in dropping the first and only atomic bombs used in war on Hiroshima and its sister … Continue reading

Current / History / Warfare

The Paris Massacre and the Kalashnikov Connection…

..How European Arms Trafficking is Fueling Terrorist Assaults in France We initially felt the same as Martin Longman, trying not to add to the stream of stupidity emanating from commentators of all stripes in the wake of the 120+ Parisian murders yesterday.  However, if one is to recall that this is the third high-profile assault … Continue reading

Economics / History / Warfare

The July Crisis: the Pirates of Lake Champlain

Great War Economics, Part 1 Reenter the economic angle.  Almost any study of German First World War economic performance inevitably gravitates to the 1923 hyperinflation… The German government also funded its Great War through inflation. By war’s end, money in circulation had risen fourfold. Prices were up 140%. Yet, on international exchange, the German mark … Continue reading