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Book Review: Deathride

In Deathride, John Mosier casts a critical eye at the historical narrative of the Eastern Front in WW2. He challenges the narrative that the Russians stopped the Germans cold at Stalingrad and then moved from triumph to triumph as they drove them back. Instead, he paints a grimmer picture as the Russian army is bleed nearly white by the Germans tenacious fighting. He uses the casualty records show the Germans repeatedly crushed Soviet armies. I do agree with his conclusion that the Western Allies offensives in the Mediterranean, Italy and eventually France were a primary factor that allowed the Soviets to remain on the offensive despite their staggering losses.

One of the book's major conclusions was that the famous battle of Stalingrad was not a crippling German defeat. He also argues that the battle of Kursk a year later almost resulted in a critical German victory.

Most controversially he argues that the war in the East destroyed not just the Reich but the Soviet Union. He show…

Fact Checking the Fact Checker

An interesting new development has come about as a direct result of the recent actions in Syria. These actions started with chemical weapons being used by Assad, and resulted in President Trump authorizing the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack the Shayrat Air Base.

The wisdom of this action is another subject entirely, I am always wary of any entanglement with the Middle East and Syria is a place with no clear cut good guys, no real hope of stability no matter what happens, no gain to America's interests, and no clear objectives for victory even under the aforesaid conditions.

However, it has brought to light an interesting development...PolitiFact has retracted a previous fact check that they rated as true. Breitbart reports the following:
PolitiFact has pulled a 2014 fact-check on remarks about Syria by former Secretary of State John Kerry after the claim the Obama administration “got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria” turned out to be false.
In a post about…