The 10/13/21 dispatch.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! And as I’m sure you guessed, I’m putting out the “Tuesday” newsletter a day late because I was lucky enough to have Monday off. And I was mostly busy on Monday, with the wife and I attending a Braves game (or driving three hours — one way — just to make it). But we had a blast and helped cheer them on as they beat the Brewers. (They clinched the series last night; sorry Midwest readers.)

So, I thought I’d start this week’s edition with the following tweet.

And I’m sharing this because it helps define why I love researching and discussing foreign policy. Because the attack listed above happened on October 12, 2000 — nearly a year before 9/11.

Similarly, a couple of years before that (on August 7, 1998), al-Qaeda bombed the US embassies in East Africa, killing 224 people, 12 of whom were Americans.

You get where I’m going with this. Had enough people in America been paying attention, we might have prevented the 9/11 attacks.

Three thousand Americans might still be alive had we paid attention to the small clues.

And that’s what I try to do — in part — with the newsletter. Help you find the small clues that are often not on the nightly news or front pages of our newspapers. Those small nuggets that might tell you what will happen in the future.

With that in mind, let’s get to the latest happenings.


In China news, there’s a couple of things that have happened.

First, the Army wants in on the potential action, so to speak.

Secondly, there was this warning.

To help potentially resolve any short-term issues, President Biden has a planned meeting coming up on the matter.


Moving along, there was a huge story about military secrets that broke last week. And this was not a good thing, if true. (See below.)


In Afghanistan matters, the amount of waste is constantly being detailed and cataloged, better and better.

Also, the U.S. continues to try to decipher what — if any — role our two countries will play in the future. (This is all still pretty rocky for the moment.)


Finally, let’s end with a few light notes.

First, how about this for a cool historic photo and memory? (This was about a decade before World War II kicked off officially.)

Second, a reminder to be humble. Can anyone disagree with this?

And finally, I’m sharing this tweet just because.


That’s it for this post. Stay safe and be kind. As always, please share this post if you enjoyed it.

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Every Tuesday and Friday, I write about conflicts and military matters that are happening throughout the world. Such as what’s happening in Afghanistan or Iraq. How we’re aligning ourselves to counter China’s growing influence. Updates on new military technology that we’re fielding.

As long-time readers know, I do all of this from a moderate perspective that focuses on unity in our country. I also don’t believe in clickbait, over-the-top headlines, or other tactics created to increase fear or panic, all in the hope of adding to web traffic. You will always get the sober, mature view, with a slight bit of my optimism peering through. 

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Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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