Publications by Mackubin Thomas Owens

Civil-Military Relations in the Age of Trump

Publication Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Healthy relations between America's civil and military populations depend upon the mutual trust, respect, and understanding between civilian and military leaders. This promotes the exchange of candid views and perspectives as part of the decision-making process.  {read more}

Is There an Emerging ‘Trump Doctrine’?

Publication Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

The candidacy and subsequent election of Donald Trump to the presidency caused a great deal of consternation among the U.S. foreign policy establishment, Democrat and Republican alike.  {read more}

A century of crimes

Publication Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One hundred years ago, the October Revolution unleashed a great evil upon the world. Not to diminish the crimes of the Nazis, but the fact is that communism has killed far more people than fascism ever did -- in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and Cuba.  {read more}

Cataclysm: Victor Davis Hanson’s The Second World Wars

Publication Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Hanson's background as a classicist and historian of the ancient world enables him to place World War II in a broader historical context.  {read more}

How Bergdahl’s Case Perverts Military Justice

Publication Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

In his 60-year old classic study of U.S. civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State, the late Samuel Huntington observed the traditional attitude of liberal American society toward the military was "conform or die."   {read more}

Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick "The Vietnam War" Misses its Target

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb-Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia-penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a "Vietnam generation."  {read more}

The powerful generals under President Trump

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump slammed the leadership of the U.S. military, claiming that "the generals under Barack Obama have not been successful. Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble, reduced to a point where it is embarrassing for our country." He implied that, as president, he would replace Obama's military leadership with generals and admirals who would not subordinate military effectiveness to "political correctness."  {read more}

In Defense of the West

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Donald Trump recently delivered one of the better speeches of his young presidency in Warsaw, where he called on the West "to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization."  {read more}

Thinking about a Korean war

Publication Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's happening in Northeast Asia? Last week, the war drums were beating, the swords were rattling, the pundits were opining. Things have settled down, but the question remains: What are we to do with a North Korea that periodically raises tensions?  {read more}

H.R. McMaster and the Loneliness of the Patriot

Publication Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Internal conflicts are nothing new to the American presidency. Indeed, they date to the protracted, bitter clash between Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in George Washington's administration. Seventy years later, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase conspired with Radical Republicans in Congress to undermine President Abraham Lincoln's policies.  {read more}

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