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On the Application of Military Power in the National Interest

O Lucius Paulus! What are we doing here amongst these tribes bearing Rome nothing but enmity driving us normally benevolent men to increasing harshness? Thick as flies these little people stubborn, with studied animosity beyond all reason and human patience … Continue reading

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Lamentations for Crassus

Oh Crassus! Croesus of the Western Empire Plutocrat of the Republic Why seek ye glory in the East? Was the crucifying of Spartacists along the Appian Way not enough to ensure your name forever carved in Memory’s stone? Crossing the Euphrates … Continue reading

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Deaf and Blind

Pietà Do we faintly hear the wail of women over shrouds of sons and daughters? She fed them just a bit ago now they’re gone taken by an errant bomb. When she gonna rid herself of all that baby weight? … Continue reading

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Learning from Crassus

Marcus Licinius Crassus was the richest man in Roman history. Indeed, he is considered one of the richest men who ever lived. He made his fortune as a supporter of the dictator Sulla by confiscating the properties of Sulla’s political … Continue reading

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Wasting Lives and Making Enemies

Mosul So yesterday it was reported that “insurgents” in Iraq had seized control of Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city. They had already occupied Ramadi and Fallujah, two places where Americans died ousting the “insurgents” in the first place. The … Continue reading

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