The Roitsch Report

Eric Roitsch, National Security Analyst, Author, Lecturer

Pat-Downs and Politics

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It must take a lot of guts to light your underpants on fire with explosives hidden in them.  Unfortunately, one of the unique characteristics of our radical jihadist enemy is that they are able to conduct operations against us that can be strategic victories despite tactical failure. Umar Farrouk Abdul-Mutallab’s Christmas Day attack on Northwest […] [Read More]
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Hearts & Minds: Guerrilla Warfare 101

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By now, most Americans have heard about “hearts and minds” and how important it is to earn the support of the populace, but how many actually know why? If this is a war, why do we need the support of NON-combatants? Who are they to us, and how can they help us accomplish our Foreign […] [Read More]
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Operations in Kandahar: The Alexandrian Solution

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Did Alexander the Great know something we don’t?   Modern day military analysts call Afghanistan the “Graveyard of Empires”, yet with only 40,000 Greeks and a handful of recently conquered Persian conscripts, Alexander subdued the region in 3 years. On the other hand, after nine years of war and hundreds of thousands of US soldiers rotating […] [Read More]
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The Mexican Insurgency (Part II: The Solution)

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It is difficult to say which is the lower form of life: The drug dealer who pushes his poison on our youth and more vulnerable demographic groups, or the religious fanatic who straps remote-controlled suicide vests on mentally handicapped women and sends them into crowded markets to enforce his hateful ideology.  In my last post, […] [Read More]
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The Mexican Insurgency (Part I: The Problem)

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In 2010, it is not unusual to pick up a newspaper and read of a local politician who was beheaded, and his remains placed on public display, or listen absent-mindedly to a television news story of an armed group that had ambushed a rival gang and hung the mutilated bodies from a high-traffic bridge. Today, we […] [Read More]
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The Mosque Controversy (Part III: Courses of Action)

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In 334 BC, Alexander the Great looked across the River Granicus and studied the formations of the Persian Army: On the east bank of the river, the Persian Commander had positioned his strongest forces on the low ground, where it was most conducive for Alexander to attempt a crossing. Alexander felt that it was shameful […] [Read More]
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The Ground Zero Mosque (Part 2: The Manhattan Theatre of Operations)

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The Cordoba Project, also known as the Ground Zero Mosque in Lower Manhattan has taken on more significance than either a constitutional right to build a house of worship or a gross insult to the American People for building a victory shrine for terrorists. The resulting high-profile debate surrounding it has become an extension of the battlefield in the […] [Read More]
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The Ground Zero Mosque (Part 1)

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Can it be possible that the US has been maneuvered into a strategic no-win situation? The controversy surrounding “The Cordoba Project”, the proposed mosque being built at 51 Park Place in Lower Manhattan is more than a mere disagreement: Terror groups and other radical Jihad networks have turned what, on its face appears to be merely a […] [Read More]
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