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Streetcars Named Deception

The repeated indicators of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian tendencies bring to mind that Erdogan once said, “Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.” With a statement like that, one can say that at least Turkish voters, including the many who have voted for Erdogan's Justice and Development Party in multiple elections, were not warned. But the phenomenon of authoritarian types rising within a democracy has been around for a long time.

Shanghai 1937: This Is China’s Forgotten Stalingrad

In the summer of 1937, the “Pearl of the Orient” became a slaughterhouse. A million Chinese and Japanese soldiers engaged in savage urban combat in China’s coastal city of Shanghai.

Before the battle, Shanghai had been a thriving metropolis bustling with Western traders and missionaries, Chinese gangsters, workers and peasants and Japanese soldiers and businessmen.

As many as 300,000 people died in the epic three-month struggle that pitted China’s best divisions against Japanese marines, tank, naval gunfire and aircraft.

Vietnam: America’s Big Strategic Opportunity in Asia (Think China)

Obama’s just completed his trip to Vietnam, the first of his presidency.

The US President discussed trade and investment, economic and energy development, human rights and democracy (the main area of disagreement in the joint presidential news conference), academic exchanges and humanitarian assistance, and of course regional security issues (i.e., China).

It was impressive to see how warmly the president was greeted, both in his public speeches and during his motorcades, when many younger people, eager for more political and commercial freedom, cheered his appearance.

Super Warthog: Is the U.S. Military Set to Unleash a New A-10?

The Air Force is beginning to work on how fast, lethal, durable and capable a new “A-10”-like aircraft would need to be in order to provide U.S. military ground troops with effective close-air support for decades to come.

Senior service officials are now exploring “draft requirements” concepts – and evaluating the kind of avionics, engineering, weapons, armor and technical redundancy the aircraft would need, Air Force officials told Scout Warrior.

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