The Roitsch Report

Eric Roitsch, National Security Analyst, Author, Lecturer

The Economy and Center of Gravity

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Is it possible to buy national security?  During the Ancient and Medieval periods, it was common for potentates, kings and even empires to pay an adversary not to attack. Rome did so when the Goths threatened their northern frontier. Constantinople later paid successive generations of Arabs to leave them in peace. In these cases as […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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When a senior Military Officer publicly disagrees with the President of the United States, it tends to make headlines.    Since the President’s announcement of a strategic retirement from Afghanistan, the news media has been broadcasting testimony of senior military officers as they disagree with the President’s plan before Congressional panels. They do so for a […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Pressure to Withdraw

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Historically, nations that are broke do not have the capability to wage war, yet the United States simply goes deeper into the financial hole to support combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. For many, this along with the death of Osama Bin Laden, justifies a withdrawal from both theatres of operation. Last week, all but […] [Read More]
Categories: General

An Intelligence Carrot(?)

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If you were to envision what the detention center for America’s worst enemies would look like, would family visitation be part of it?  The Pentagon is currently weighing whether or not to grant that privilege to the 172 terrorist detainees remaining at the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) Detention Facility. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in the US House […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Timing & Tempo

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How can Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in the third century BC and Custer’s campaign against the Sioux in 1876 possibly apply to the 21st century war on terror?  Principles of warfare are timeless and unchanging. During the campaigns of both Hannibal and Custer, timing and tempo played a huge role in the success and failure […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Where are the US Intelligence Services?

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When CIA Director, Leon Panetta was asked what the new Egyptian government would look like in the Wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, he unapologetically replied; “You know as much as I do.”  Though Panetta is clearly out of touch with international security issues, there are many private intelligence think tanks such as Stratfor and […] [Read More]
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Cairo in Flames

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Imagine a second Iran in the Middle-East, sharing a border with Israel and controlling the Suez Canal and all the oil and East-West commerce flowing through it. If events in Cairo are allowed to escalate to the point of governmental collapse, a second Iran is what the transformed Egypt will likely resemble.  For two weeks, […] [Read More]
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An Historic Opportunity

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Setting one’s self on fire tends to attract attention.  Last Friday, history was made in Tunisia as a massive popular uprising, sparked by a young man’s public act of self-immolation, led to the ouster of authoritarian President of twenty-three years, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. The escalating series of riots and demonstrations like this mark […] [Read More]
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More Than Mere Leaks

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At first, I thought that WikiLeaks was just another trendy, European socialist organization being fashionable and publicly trashing the US. Now, in looking closely at the volume and type of classified information disclosed, it is clear to me that the leaks are more than mere embarrassment for the US: WikiLeaks, under the leadership of Julian […] [Read More]
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