Rough Diplomacy


Usable Intelligence.

The success of any mission depends just as much on the planning and intelligence behind it .By 1908, the time was right for a new kind of agent to protect America. The United States was, well, united, with its borders stretching from coast to coast and only two landlocked states left to officially…

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Éamon de Valera:  Man of Mystery

De Valera under arrest by British troops following the Rising. By Robert Schmuhl, Contributor February / March 2016 Éamon de Valera, the dominant political figure of Ireland’s 20th century, was an enigmatic figure to the end of his life.    Éamon de Valera was sentenced to death for his…

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Aggressive Coercion

      President Lyndon B Johnson was renowned for his domineering, sometimes abrasive, personality, and the “Johnson treatment”—his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation was his most often used tactic. This led to his nickname “Bull” Johnson.   A lesson from LBJ in how to smash an…

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