Magazine December 31, 2010, Issue

Teapot Tempest

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Indian Ocean, January 18, 2012. (Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric S. Powell/US Navy/Handout via Reuters)
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, by Robert D. Kaplan (Random House, 384 pp., $28)

If you wanted a vivid sense of the scene in 1980s Pakistan and Afghanistan when the United States was sponsoring the mujahideen insurgency against the USSR, you could not have done better than read Robert D. Kaplan’s Soldiers of God (1990). Kaplan was there, met everyone, and captured the atmosphere better than any of his contemporaries.

The celebrated and prolific national correspondent for The Atlantic has in recent years become similarly indispensable for his dispatches from the remote corners of the world where America’s elite forces have been prosecuting the conflict formerly known as the War on Terror. These pieces of

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Salt of the Earth

On November 2, the American electorate delivered a stinging rebuke to Pres. Barack Obama and the Democrats. According to a post-election survey conducted for the Faith and Freedom Coalition by ...
Politics & Policy

Teapot Tempest

If you wanted a vivid sense of the scene in 1980s Pakistan and Afghanistan when the United States was sponsoring the mujahideen insurgency against the USSR, you could not have ...

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Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ “I had a good time governing,” said Bill Clinton at the presidential press conference he took over. You don’t say . . . ‐ President Obama has not taken the ...
Athwart

Anti-Anti-Anti

Anthony Burgess, the brilliant British novelist remembered for the misunderstood A Clockwork Orange, also wrote a spy novel. It was the height of the Bond era, and he couldn’t resist ...

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