Author Archives: Harper

HARPER: BUY THESE BOOKS

Regular readers of this blog are well-aware of its importance as a voice for sanity at a time of great domestic and strategic turmoil.  Col. Lang has tirelessly hosted this Committee of Correspondence for the past 18 years.  During the … Continue reading

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The Human Factor: The Phenomenon of Espionage

by W. Patrick Lang ­­June 2022 — The just released second edition of Col. Lang’s classic work on the art of human intelligence is now available to order from Amazon or iUniverse.  Publisher’s Weekly’s Booklife calls The Human Factor, “A … Continue reading

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Dear Hearts Across the Seas: A Memorial Day Prayer

The following article by Pat Lang appeared in America magazine in 2006. Patrick Lang      May 29, 2006 “For 14 hours yesterday, I was at work—teaching Christ to lift his cross by the numbers, and how to adjust his crown; and … Continue reading

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HARPER: CAN PUTIN SAY `YES’?

After more than a month of fighting and significant losses, the Russians now claim they have redeployed to concentrate on the Donbas region, having “achieved the objectives of the first phase of the special military operation.” Yes, they are regrouping … Continue reading

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HARPER: IS PUTIN HOLDING BACK IN UKRAINE INVASION?

The deeply flawed execution of the February 24 Russian three-front invasion of Ukraine raises the question whether Putin has been surrounded in the Kremlin by “yes men” who are a Russian equivalent of the American neocons who spoke of the … Continue reading

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HARPER: SAUDIS GOT AWAY WITH MURDER

While it is certainly a good thing that President Biden signed a recent Executive Order mandating a speedy declassification of the thousands of pages of FBI files on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the other side … Continue reading

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HARPER: COL. LANG’S WARNINGS ECHO 11 YEARS LATER

Eleven years ago Col. Lang participated in a debate in New York City on the proposition that the US could not win a war in Afghanistan based on the Obama Administration’s declared counterinsurgency strategy. Today Col. Lang’s assessment carries even … Continue reading

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HARPER: ANATOL LIEVEN HAS IT PARTLY RIGHT

Anatol Lieven has written a useful piece in Politico which tells some of the story of how Taliban was able to so quickly take over most of Afghanistan territory with only a limited amount of fighting. While it does not … Continue reading

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HARPER: MARK PERRY RIP

The world has lost a great man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of truth and justice, whether delving into the depths of the Pentagon bureaucracy, the thorniest Middle East conflicts, American literary history, baseball, or just about any … Continue reading

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HARPER: HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?

One of the strategic initiatives that the Biden Administration may be getting right is the diplomatic dialogue with Russia. From the very outset of the new administration, the US has pursued some low-hanging fruit, like the early extension of the … Continue reading

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