From The National Interest

  • 1 Event Made China Fear America's Aircraft Carriers Above All Else

    Kyle Mizokami

    Security, Asia

    And that's why Beijing has big plans to sink them if a war should ever start. 

    Key Point: More than twenty years ago, a military confrontation in East Asia pushed the United States and China uncomfortably close to conflict. Largely unknown in America, the event made a lasting impression on China, especially Chinese military planners. The Third Taiwan Crisis, as historians call it, was China’s introduction to the power and flexibility of the aircraft carrier,...


  • President Trump's Iran Nightmare: Iran's Navy Could Do Some Serious Damage

    Kyle Mizokami

    Security,

    Key Point: Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region.

    Key Point: Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region.

    Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft. Despite their size, the...


  • Winston Churchill's Nightmare: Why Didn't Hitler Invade Great Britain?

    Warfare History Network

    Security,

    This is the story of Sea Lion: How Nazi Germany could have invaded the UK. 

    Key Point: On September 7, intelligence warned that a German invasion was near. Tide and light conditions would favor the enemy between September 8 and 10. The Royal Navy put all its small craft and cruisers on immediate notice and stopped all boiler cleaning. The RAF moved from Alert 2 invasion in three days, to Alert 1 invasion imminent within 12 hours.

    Major Graf Von Kielmansegg,...


  • This Plane Landed on a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. The Pilot Wasn't American.

    Robert Beckhusen

    Security,

    It might have a little to do with Russia. 

    Key Point: On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American.

    Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air force pilot in history, according to the U.S. Navy. Jarvinen was flying a U.S. Marine F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter...


  • What If President Lincoln Was Never Assassinated?

    Warfare History Network

    History, Americas

    How? What would have happened?

    Key point: Had a different secret service member been present and the media not mocked the idea of an assassination plot, Lincoln may have lived.

    “Early in the year 1861, I was at my headquarters in the city of Chicago, attending to the manifold duties of my profession. I had, of course, perused the daily journals which contained the reports of doings of the malcontents of the South, but in common with others, I...


  • Democratic Front-Runners to Skip Climate Debate

    Chris White

    Politics, Americas

    Who's actually coming?

    Five of the top Democratic presidential candidates will not participate in MSNBC’s nearly two-day climate change forum.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are not joining their fellow candidates at the forum, which will be held in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post reported Thursday. Biden, for his part,...


  • America's World War II Mark 14 Torpedo Was a Total Dud

    Warfare History Network, Mark Carlson

    History, Americas

    Literally. It wouldn't explode when it was supposed to.

    Key point: The Mark 15 torpedos didn't work and hardly did anything. In fact, the Battle of Midway was won using bombs instead of torpedos.

    Lieutenant Dan Daspit, captain of the U.S. submarine Tinosa could not believe his luck. Framed neatly in the periscope eyepiece was a sitting duck. The 19,250-ton Japanese tanker Tonan Maru No. 3 was all alone, dead in the water. Tinosa was on...


  • Ted Cruz: 'To the People of Hong Kong, America Is with You'

    Audrey Conklin

    Politics, Americas

    He compared the Chinese regime to the Berlin Wall.

    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz compared Hong Kong protesters’ efforts to defend their freedoms against China to former President Ronald Reagan’s efforts to tear down the Berlin Wall Wednesday.

    Cruz made the comments during an event the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) hosted in conjunction with a Tuesday congressional hearing on Hong Kong’s summerlong protests against a failed Chinese extradition...


  • Alleged 737 Saboteur Linked to ISIS: Prosecutors

    Luke Rosiak

    Politics, Americas

    There were 150 people on board the plane.

    A former American Airlines mechanic who was arrested days before Sept. 11 for allegedly sabotaging an airplane — who at the time said the act was part of a labor dispute and because he wanted overtime — has terrorist ties and wanted Allah to harm non-Muslims, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, who is originally from Iraq but gained U.S. citizenship, had Islamic State videos on his phone, said...


  • Woman Pleads Guilty in Chinese 'Birth Tourism' Ring

    Jason Hopkins

    Politics, Americas

    She made millions cheating the U.S. immigration system.

    A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to running a “birth tourism” business, which involved helping hundreds of pregnant clients enter the United States and give birth so their children would receive U.S. citizenship.

    Dongyuan Li pleaded guilty to two federal criminal charges, one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, for her involvement in a birth tourism business...


  • Robert O’Brien Can Revive the National Security Council

    Dov S. Zakheim

    Security, Americas

    O’Brien’s record and his personality point to a rather successful tenure in the Trump administration. Nevertheless, predicting the length of anyone’s tenure in the Trump administration is a hazardous occupation.

    Robert O’Brien will be President Donald Trump’s fourth national security advisor in just over two-and-one-half years. Ronald Reagan had five advisors—Dick Allen, Judge William Clark, Bud McFarlane, Frank Carlucci and Colin Powell, but that was over a...


  • This Is How the Battle of Gettysburg Was so Monumental

    Warfare History Network, Brooke C. Stoddard

    History, Americas

    A game-changer.

    Key point: The battle was a turning point and helped Lincoln maintain support at a critical moment.

    The occasion was, for the North, inauspicious. In the Battle of First Manassas, the Federals were routed, humiliated, and almost utterly crushed. In the Seven Days, they were outmaneuvered and forced to retreat. At Second Manassas they were routed, humiliated, and almost crushed. At Antietam, they threw themselves...