James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 69th Birthday Today

by James M. Lindsay
The F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) The F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 69 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a new branch of the U.S. military. Gen. Carl A. Spaatz became the USAF’s first chief of staff eight days later on September 26, 1947. Read more »

Remembering Ho Chi Minh’s 1945 Declaration of Vietnam’s Independence

by James M. Lindsay
Ho Chi Minh

What if? Those two words are easy to ask, whether about our own lives or world history. But the answers can be haunting—a different choice might have created a better opportunity or prevented a tragedy. Just consider the U.S. response to Ho Chi Minh’s declaration of Vietnam’s independence on September 2, 1945. Read more »

Belated Birthday Wishes to the United States Army!

by James M. Lindsay
United States Army soldiers stand before the start of the Army's 237th anniversary celebrations at Times Square in New York on June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton United States Army soldiers stand before the start of the Army's 237th anniversary celebrations at Times Square in New York on June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Yesterday the United States Army celebrated its 241st birthday. Alas, while I wrote out my birthday wishes I failed to post them. (Yes, I have been known to write cards and forget to send them.) But being a big believer in “better late than never,” here are my belated birthday to wishes to every active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army. Read more »

TWE Remembers: Memorial Day

by James M. Lindsay
A soldier places flags in front of the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. 
(Joshua Roberts/Reuters) A soldier places flags in front of the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is our way of honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return home. The holiday dates back to the months immediately following the Civil War when a few towns and cities began honoring their dead. In 1868, General John A. Logan designated May 30 as “Decoration Day,” the purpose of which would be “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” The holiday was renamed Memorial Day after World War I, and its purpose became to honor all Americans who have died fighting the nation’s wars. Read more »

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

by James M. Lindsay
President George W. Bush meets with former presidents and President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President George W. Bush meets with former presidents and President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men, though that may change next January 20—who have been president on Presidents’ Day by posting the following essay. If you are lucky enough to have today off, enjoy: Read more »

A Presidents’ Day Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to the presidential helicopter with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura after President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. (Tannen Maury/Reuters) President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to the presidential helicopter with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura after President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. (Tannen Maury/Reuters)

Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its fifth annual Presidents’ Day quiz.

If you have your own presidential trivia questions, please post them in the comments so everyone can take a crack at answering them. And if you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well. Read more »

Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

by James M. Lindsay
Sun sets over Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Zainal Abd Halim/Courtesy Reuters) The sun sets over the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. (Zainal Abd Halim/Courtesy Reuters)

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figures who died this year. Each made a mark on history. Some were heroes; some were villains. And for some, whether they were a hero or villain is your call to make. Read more »

Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2015

by James M. Lindsay
American flags fly at half-staff in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) American flags fly at half-staff in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2015 who through their vision, service, intellect, or courage helped shape U.S. foreign policy. They will be missed. Read more »

Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

by James M. Lindsay
Pearl Harbor survivor at the "Remembrance Wall" at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Courtesy Reuters) Pearl Harbor survivor at the "Remembrance Wall" at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Courtesy Reuters)

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fifteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the octocentennial of the Magna Carta, the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison to name a few. Two thousand and sixteen will also see anniversaries of many significant events in world history. Here are ten of note: Read more »

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

by James M. Lindsay
U.S. Marines, currently stationed in Cuba, stand at the ready for the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool) U.S. Marines, currently stationed in Cuba, stand at the ready for the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

The Marine Corps turns 240 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” and many other places as well. Read more »