Here are the Blogs in the G. Murphy Donovan category.
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Monday, 22 May 2017
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan In April, I wrote a piece for the Small Wars Journal, “Why We Lose,” that recommended some new initiatives that might change the vectors of foreign policy under the Trump administration. The principal recommendation for NATO reform was to expel Turkey, recognize Kurdistan, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2017 6:08 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 10 April 2017
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan “Our values (sic) will prevail, never giving in to terror,” - Theresa May The fight against Islamic terror has two faces today, public relations and strategic hokum. The recent meeting of the ministers of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS in Washington illustrates ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/10/2017 5:20 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 13 March 2017
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan Barack Obama era national security acolytes, now serving under Donald Trump, are not doing much to help with or clarify American foreign policy or national security futures. The Ummah provides the best example. Just days after the Trump inauguration, the newly minted ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 7:59 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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blog preview image Business as Usual? by G. Murphy Donovan Donald Trump has only been in office for a couple of months. Any performance evaluation to date is probably premature. Nonetheless, early on, there are some good and bad omens. The good news is domestic. President Trump seems to be focused on health ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 8:07 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Sunday, 26 February 2017
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan Regime change zealots are now working the home front.  Billy Kristol, erstwhile editor of white blight and right fright at the Weekly Standard, says that he would rather have the “deep state” than the Trump state. If you ever wondered why neo-conservatives are often confused ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2017 7:46 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan No stereotype is possible without elements of truth. Some received clichés, however, are more reliable than others. Take Ireland and Germany for example; where journalists shed the guise of civility recently to validate long-standing national tropes, fake Irish piety and ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2017 7:20 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 27 January 2017
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blog preview image Moscow 1991 and Washington 2016 by G. Murphy Donovan The other day I received an email from a schoolgirl in Moscow; New Year’s salutations, thanks for a gift, and a request that read: “Get your troops out of Poland; love, your Russky niece.” I laughed about her presumption about my influence ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2017 3:07 PM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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blog preview image Requiem for a Lightweight by G. Murphy Donovan “Character is destiny.” - Heraclitus Critics often make for strange bedfellows. Louis Farrakhan and Cornell West are examples. Both argue that Barack Obama was not ready for prime time. For Farrakhan, Obama failed on race and social issues. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2017 10:10 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 16 December 2016
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared on Public Television shortly before the presidential election for an extended interview with Charlie Rose. Mister Rose, like many of his peers these days, swings between hard news at dusk and bimbo chat at dawn. Indeed, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2016 8:07 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Thursday, 6 October 2016
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan Edward Albee died on 16 September. The death of America’s greatest modern playwright was obscured by the run-up to the first 2016 presidential debate. You can’t help but think of the parallels between an evening with Donald and Hillary and an evening with Albee’s George and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2016 6:52 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 23 September 2016
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blog preview image by G. Murphy Donovan “Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.”  - Christopher Hitchens The impending presidential debates are likely to be the best attended in the history of American politics. The viewing and listening audience will set a standard for political discussions ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2016 8:39 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 17 June 2016
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by G. Murphy Donovan Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel should be nominated for video of the month. He provides the most lucid and succinct analysis of the Islamist threat and Obama administration vacuity that has appeared in a while. Trump is correct too. POTUS is either stupid, ignorant, or possessed by a hidden ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/17/2016 12:23 PM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 7 May 2016
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blog preview image “To harbor spiteful feelings against ordinary people for not being heroes is possible only for narrow-minded or embittered man.” - Chekhov The Republican primaries began as an opportunity to vote for someone. When the choices went from two dozen or more to three, the last few primaries became about ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/07/2016 3:37 PM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 26 February 2016
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blog preview image “If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.” - JFK                      The probability that any American political candidate will propose any “revolutionary” domestic reforms in 2016 is slim to none. Even means testing for entitlements is anathema across ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2016 9:44 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Thursday, 17 December 2015
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“We are not at war with Islam.” – Barack Hussein Obama We could begin with: “ISIS comes to America.” But that would suggest that the latest mutant strain of Muslim terror is somehow new or unique. The sad truth is, alas, that contemporary imperial Islam, a kind of cultural sewage, has been flowing ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2015 8:52 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 5 December 2015
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On 25 November a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter, allegedly flown by NATO Turkish pilots, shot down a Russian Sukhoi bomber over Syria. The Turks claimed that the SU-24 violated their airspace, apparently by a few kilometers - or seconds in flight time at most. The Turks claimed to have issued 10 warnings ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2015 7:37 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 16 November 2015
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“The influence of the (Islamic) religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.”  -  Winston Churchill Islamic fanatics struck another blow for cynicism last Friday night in Paris; wholesale and gratuitous slaughter in the name of some sanguinary Muslim god. History teaches few ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2015 4:29 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 12 October 2015
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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”    - Virginia Woolf                     The coronation of Hillary Rodham as presidential nominee for 2016 is proceeding apace if the debate schedule provides any evidence. The first Democrat “debate” is scheduled ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/12/2015 8:08 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015
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The Republican establishment in America is perplexed. Democrats are distraught.  A liberal Media is having a hissy fit. Indeed, all of the usual whiners are groping for explanations. Even FOX News is stammering and sputtering for clarity. Going into the first debate of the 2016 presidential season, ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2015 7:43 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 23 March 2015
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“Love is whatever you can still betray.” – John Le Carre There was a time that intelligence estimates were cloaked in secrecy. Peer review, such that it was, was limited to a few analysts with security clearances, analysts that were not necessarily substantive experts. The iconic Intelligence report ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/23/2015 7:56 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Monday, 9 February 2015
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Brian Williams has been the face of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and now he seems to be the face of shameless too. Williams has regaled his gullible Media colleagues for a decade or more about a brush with death in Iraq that never happened. The Stars and Stripes, not the NY Times or the Washington ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2015 5:00 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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blog preview image “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Some wag suggested that Voltaire was murdered the other day in Paris. If this is true, then surely it was a mercy killing. Men like Voltaire and Daumier would be out of place in Francois Hollande’s Fifth ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 8:21 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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