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Wonder why US doesn’t win any war

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Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

America’s New Vietnam

It was half a century ago, but I still remember it vividly. “We have to help South Vietnam,” I explained.

The future headlines which await you!

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One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass.

Best plan to finish off Islamic State

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IS is ready with its next generation

US air-strikes and drones kill only two bad guys per bombing. It’s time for a radical plan to eliminate Islamic State.  

US could be in Middle East for generations

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Muslims have no love lost for US: pic courtesy AP

US wants to build more bases in and around Middle East despite little evidence it has worked in its favour. All it would do is to fuel more anti-Americanism, rising out of strewn corposes and fleeing humanity. 

A new superpower we didn't know exist

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The new empire is ready to wreak devastation everywhere

For six centuries, history has been the story of great game of empires. There is a new kid on the block who is now ready to call the shots.