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James Zumwalt
James Zumwalt
Author, 'Bare Feet, Iron Will'
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      James Zumwalt

      Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of “Bare Feet, Iron Will–Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields,” “Living the Juche Lie: North Korea’s Kim Dynasty” and “Doomsday: Iran–The Clock is Ticking.” He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.

Saudi Rip Van Winkle’s Take On Saudi Changes

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman drinks coffee during the graduation ceremony of the 93rd batch of the cadets of King Faisal Air Academy, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 21, 2018. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Almost two centuries ago, American author Washington Irving wrote a short story about a fictional character named “Rip Van Winkle.” Rip was a Dutch-American villager in colonial America who fell asleep, waking up twenty years later, having missed the American Revolutionary War. Obviously, it was a much-changed America to which he awoke.

Is Pyongyang’s Denuclearization A Real Or A Declaratory Policy?

7:02 PM 04/13/2018

After World War II, General George C. Marshall was queried about America’s war strategy concerning the Philippines. While the US had declared it would not abandon the Islands, it did so. Marshall responded a nation’s declaratory policy often is at odds with its real policy -- i.e., what it knows it must accept. He explained the United States knew it could not defend the Philippines but had to give Japan every indication it could and would.

Shootout At The Bab al-Mandeb Strait?

1:14 PM 05/20/2015

One of the most famous incidents in U.S. history of the early West was the 1881 shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Marshall Wyatt Earp and his two brothers, along with the infamous Doc Holliday, got into a gunfight with five members of the Clanton-McLaury gang. The former represented “law and order” in the town; the Clantons and McLaurys — cattle rustlers, thieves and murderers — represented just the opposite. The shootout determined who would control Tombstone.

Obama And Iran: Let’s Make A Deal At Any Cost

4:40 PM 04/06/2015

Just as Academy Award Oscar nominees have prepared remarks should their name be called, President Obama had his ready to go announcing a nuclear deal (albeit a framework one) with Iran. The major difference: while uncertainty remains for nominees until the envelope is opened, not so for Obama who knew a deal was never in doubt.

The Arab world doesn’t respect Obama

1:04 PM 01/28/2011

Two years after President Obama took office and embarked upon a kinder, gentler approach to dealing with the Muslim world, we must ask whether this approach is bearing fruit. Perhaps the best indicator of this is how the “Arab street” commemorated the last anniversary of 9/11. Translations of numerous articles about 9/11 published in Arab newspapers suggest that the Arab world’s perception of America is deteriorating.

What evil lurks within Ahmadinejad’s heart?

12:00 AM 02/23/2010

Experiencing frustration in his efforts to resolve myriad foreign policy issues, President Barack Obama blames some failures on President Bush. As to Obama’s failed policy to derail the Iranian express train seeking to load a nuclear arms cargo, he may want to consider blaming the 18th century philosopher Jacques Rousseau.

Iran makes ‘mincemeat’ out of U.S. intelligence

12:14 AM 01/26/2010

It was described as “the most successful strategic deception in the history of warfare.” During World War II’s Operation Mincemeat, the man at the center of the plot never knew he was—having died months earlier by his own hand. The identity of “the man who never was” is still debated, but he is believed to be Glyndwr Michael.

U.S.-Iran foreign policy may rest on case heard today

12:06 AM 01/12/2010

Today an important step will be taken in determining whether an injustice created nearly two decades ago by our executive branch will be corrected by our judicial branch. At issue is a challenge, before the U.S. Court of Appeals, which will hear oral arguments on the issue, to the Secretary of State’s refusal to revoke the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the main Iranian opposition group, known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) or People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI). The outcome of the Court’s decision can affect a foreign policy with Iran, which, under the two U.S. Presidents in office since the FTO listing, has remained toothless. Making the right decision to revoke MEK's FTO status now would tell Iran the era of appeasement is over.