This Day In History & Historical Perspectives

NYTimes: Obama Confirms Death of Mullah Mansour, Taliban Leader, in U.S. Strike – 23 May 2016 An American drone strike in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on Monday. Calling the death “an important milestone,” President Obama said in a statement, released just as he was meeting with top officials in…

Modern War Institute: The Importance of Distance in Modern Warfare – 16 May 2016

 by John Govern | May 16, 2016 |   In the face of combat, an impasse is encountered, one presented all too often throughout history: to have the mental strength to overcome fear and to kill. The development of warfare has made this common problem less obvious over time….

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May 1, 2015 – 5th Year Retrospective of the Targeted Killing of Bin Laden

Govern, Kevin H., Operation Neptune Spear: Was Killing Bin Laden a Legitimate Military Objective? (Chapter 13) (April 1, 2012). Targeted Killings Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World, Editors: Claire Finkelstein, Jens Ohlin, and Andrew Altman (Oxford University Press, 2012). Available at SSRN: and see: May 2, 2015: 4th Anniversary…

This Day In History – Assisting the Iraqi Kurds in Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, 1991 “The telephone woke General Potter at two o’clock in the morning on Saturday, 6 April 1991. He was at a guesthouse in Bad Tolz, Germany, where the preceding day he had visited the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. Potter and the battalion had just returned from Turkey. The…

Review: In Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,’ Clarity Isn’t the Objective – NYT 14 JAN 16

John Krasinski as Jack Silva in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” CHRISTIAN BLACK / PARAMOUNT PICTURES By MANOHLA DARGIS JANUARY 14, 2016 vs.