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About Tex

Retired artillery colonel, many years in a number of positions in the Arab world. Graduate of the US Military Academy and the American University of Beirut. MA in Arab studies from the American University in Beirut along with 18 years as Middle East Seminar Director at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Served in Vietnam with 1st Inf Division, Assignments in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, plus service with Trucial Oman Scouts in the Persian Gulf. Traveled to every Arab country on the map including Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Reports on the death of the State System in the Arab World are greatly exaggerated.

Pardon this use of a quote from Mark Twain but it fits the situation in the Arab world perfectly.  Just a few years ago as the ISIS hordes seem to be following the footsteps of Genghis Khan and over running … Continue reading

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Checking the Blocks. Presentation to the 2016 ASMEA Conference

By Norvell DeAtkine. For presentation to 2016 ASMEA conference Checking the Blocks: Cultural Preparation for Deployment to the Middle East Probably no aspect of the Iraqi war has been more discussed and thoroughly dissected than the political and strategic background … Continue reading

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Iran Iraq War: Presentation at 2017 ASMEA conference

The Iran Iraq War: Lessons Not Learned. By Norvell B DeAtkine, Sept 2017   Jafar Pasha al-Al Askari, known as “the father of the Iraq army,” was very optimistic in 1927 when he penned an article for the Royal Central … Continue reading

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ASMEA presentation 2014 The Burdens of the Arab world

This is my presentation to the 2014 ASMEA conference in Washington DC. I am putting it in wordpress primarily to be able to use as a reference for the 2018 presentation. The next few postings are for the same purpose. … Continue reading

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Bernard Lewis The Greatest Middle East Historian and Commentator of this Era

It was indeed an honor  to shake hands with this great historian and astute analyst of all things middle eastern. He was a scholar and a gentleman, something that can be said only of a diminishing number of Middle East … Continue reading

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A Movie about a Movie; Turkey and the Armenians.

The other night I watched most of a movie called “Intent to Destroy,” which was a movie about a movie called “The Promise.” Ordinarily a movie about movies or movie makers  is excruciatingly painful to watch. Their inflated sense of … Continue reading

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George Bush and the Decision to Invade Iraq

Looking at some old on line pictures of my first trip to Iraq I was thinking of current events triggering some opinions  I have harbored for a long time.  The rather small-scale missile  attack on a few Syrian targets, the … Continue reading

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