Category Archives: Global War on Terror

The President: For The Hour

The best interviewer on the planet, Charlie Rose, soothes the savage beast that is George W. Bush, transforming a 20-minute session into a 60-minute in-depth extravaganza.

We found that it strongly resembled conversations between fictional mob boss Tony Soprano, and his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Yet at the very least, the President demonstrated that he’s on top of all the salient details in the world, in his own way.

Pour yourself a brandy, settle into your favorite chair, and enjoy. Thank you, WQED, for keeping us connected.

Four Hundred Miles into Mexican Territory

In advance of Memorial Day, Null Space brings to our attention the Battle for Vera Cruz in 1914, which took a heavy toll on soldiers hailing from Pittsburgh.

The battle took place during the thick of the Mexican Punitive Expedition, for which Mr. Briem links to a history in a Part 1 and a Part 2.

We don’t know if Mr. Briem was getting at this or not, but the parallels between the Mexican Punitive Expedition and current U.S. conflicts are numerous, obvious, and salient.

So how did the M.P.E. work out? Spoiler alert:

Despite its failure to capture Pancho Villa, the Mexican Punitive Expedition can be deemed a success. Secretary of War Baker praised the efforts of Pershing and his men by stating that “its objective, of course was the capture of Villa, if that could be accomplished, but its real purpose was a display of the power of the United States into a country disturbed beyond control of the constituted authorities of the Republic of Mexico as a means of controlling lawless aggregations of bandits and preventing attacks by them across the international frontier. This purpose is fully and finally accomplished.”

After a strategic and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. forces, everyone lived happily ever after. The End.