The Skeptics

Stalingrad: The Bloodiest Battle of World War II (And Maybe of All Time?)

Scenes like those of the Thirteenth Guards Division and Helmut Walz were repeated a thousand times over during the six months of the battle for Stalingrad. I fought in high intensity combat during my twenty-one-year military career, as well as participating in counterinsurgency operations against guerrilla foes. Yet without equivocation I confess that I cannot fathom, cannot even truly imagine, what the living hell of Stalingrad combat must have been like. It is frightening to consider how remorseless and vicious men can become when stripped of their humanity.

Trump's Message to NATO Was the Right One to Deliver

President Donald Trump's very first conference with NATO heads of state, coming after so many months of NATO bashing during last year's campaign, can't be described as anything but awkward and uncomfortable. These kinds of meetings are designed to be rehearsed, with every single speech by a leader heavily scripted and prepared weeks in advance and every handshake and hug between presidents and prime ministers perfectly choreographed. Of course, Trump is immune to choreography—the guy is a bull in a china shop, running around like a tornado, breaking the china.

How America Could End Up in an Unexpected War with China

Three decades ago the People’s Republic of China was an economic backwater. Today the PRC sports the world’s second-largest economy. Shanghai most dramatically illustrates the country’s transformation. The city is filled with stylish office buildings, five-star hotels, luxury stores and foreign visitors.

Reflecting their success, the Chinese are increasingly confident as well. If not yet a great power, the PRC seems destined to eventually share global leadership with the United States. And its people know that.

Which means future U.S.-China relations could be rocky.

Everything We Don't Know about the Terror Attack in Manchester

There are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered about last night’s horrific suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester last night. Was this yet another case of a single individual who watched too many ISIS videos and eventually became self-radicalized? Or did the bomber have logistical and bomb-making support in the Manchester area? How was the bomber able to get so close to the arena without arising suspicion?

The Dealmaker-in-Chief Goes to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump and his top national-security aides could use a nice vacation overseas for a couple of days. The last week in the Washington scrum has been downright brutal for the administration, and the president hasn’t made things any easier on himself or his press shop with the sudden firing of the FBI director. You know you need to get out of town for a breather when some lawmakers are already talking about impeachment.