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THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (April 20-26, 1814)

SETBACKS AT SEA.

USS Frolic Captured

The  USS Frolic, is one of three new American sloops-of-war, when she first put to sea on February 18, 1814. 559 more words

National Security And Defense

U.S. Better Have a Strong Plan B in Central Europe

By Greg Smith

“Instead of alienating ourselves from the world, I want America – once again – to lead.” Barack Obama, July 15, 2008.

President Obama ran for office on a partial platform of improving U.S. 452 more words

Foreign Policy

Blockade Forces Putin to Defeat Himself

By Greg Smith

As previously covered in this blog, the best immediate response for NATO to the Russian invasion of Ukraine is to prevent access for Russian commercial and naval vessels to enter or exit the Black Sea. 348 more words

Foreign Policy

American Failure to Act in Ukraine Likely to Have Global Consequences

By Greg Smith

The Russian incursion into Ukraine is a good time for the U.S. to better explore the use of a softer power – … 431 more words

Foreign Policy

Naval Blockade Is NATO's Best Response to Russia's Crimean Incursion

By Greg Smith

If the Obama administration wants a serious, effective response to the Russian intervention in the Crimea, it need only consult a map and a history book. 268 more words

Foreign Policy