Last week, mainstream media reported that dozens of Russians died fighting U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Let that sink in. Reporters attributed the casualties to a U.S. airstrike, raising the possibility of a direct and deadly Russian-American clash. At a minimum, it tells us that the creeping internationalization of the Syrian civil war has reached a new and dangerous level.

By Wes O’Donnell

Managing Editor and


Military parades are nothing new. Quite the contrary – the very word “parade” comes from the ancient tradition of close order formation combat. Soldiers would fight in an organized formation that was effective against less organized opponents.

The strict discipline of the Roman Legions used this tactic well enough to conquer much of the known world. Continue Reading