Terrifying Tale: Why A War Between China and America Would Be All Sorts of Awful

Here’s why. 

by Robert Farley (The National Interest)

Potentially, victory could cement the US-led alliance system, making the containment of China considerably less expensive. Assuming that the war began with an assertive Chinese move in the East or South China Sea, the United States could plausibly paint China as the aggressor, and establish itself as the focal point for balancing behavior in the region.Read Full Article

Could Notre Dame Devastation Have Been Minimized? Alarm Sounded 23 Minutes Before Fire Was Found

By Mackenzie Schmidt (YAHOO!)

When Notre Dame Alarms Went Off, No Fire Was Found

The main structure of Notre Dame Cathedral has been saved after a massive fire broke out at the Paris landmark on Monday. But it’s possible the damage could have been minimized had the fire been caught sooner — and it almost was.… Read Full Article

Tank Terror: Why the U.S. Army’s ‘New’ M1 Abrams Tank Is A Monster on the Battlefield

Russia and China won’t like this one bit. 

by Kris Osborn (The National Interest)

(Washington, D.C.) Should a mechanized column of heavily armored Russian vehicles launch an aggressive, forward-leaning assault into Eastern Europe 10 years from now, complete with air and artillery support – – just what kinds of specific armored vehicles would best position a US/NATO response?… Read Full Article

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