Author Archives: Tex

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.

Blowback from the AlJazeera Video?

A friend in a position to know these things recently wrote and informed me that the   video al Jazeera ( My TV Interview with Al Jazeera put together on the Egyptian army in which I participated is one of the reasons … Continue reading

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The Security Assistance Agreement with Saudi Arabia 

Foreign aid has never been popular among Americans and the military component of it even less. When that military aid is destined for Saudi Arabia, it elicits general disapproval from both endangered American of the political spectrum. The history of … Continue reading

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https://vimeo.com/218484759

This one was done a week ago and was titled syria II. It is about my continued trip to Aleppo with my observations it was previously posted and then somehow I deleted it

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https://vimeo.com/218397440

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Syria Part II

I got twisted around my tongue on how Basil was killed. He was killed in an automobile accident in Jan 1994.  I just can’t remember much about Aleppo. It seemed lethargic and without much life, The famed Suq was rather … Continue reading

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Syria 1995

I visited Syria for a couple of weeks  in 1995 and based on what i read and hear very little in the basic problems and cultural issues have changed. This is just a lead in to other short videos I … Continue reading

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Potpourri of My take on the State of the Middle East and How we got there.

From a lecture at Chapel Hill NC  ( not at UNC) April 017 chapel hill updated by samPresentation !!! Chapel Hill-2

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