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Our next guest is a modern master of military history is new book examines the key decisions the critical mistakes.
Moments of crisis in twenty pivotal battles that shape the world's history.
And that is going a title but I and immense undertaking.
Author of the brand new book -- to -- the twenty clashes that changed the world -- -- breaks.
Thank you think and congratulations on the board I'm gonna go straight to one of the news.
The battle of Saratoga.
Kind is the first American battle.
Richmond and considerable history in this book but let me be parochial and go to that -- -- -- -- most people don't talk about and revolutionary war.
It's a president talk about it maybe it's because George Washington was.
But it MacDonald was the hero of the bottle and we don't know he he went bad soon after that.
But it was a critical battle of the revolution.
If we did not win dot I don't French wouldn't -- -- we -- first of what we need the French -- we didn't French troops and money mostly money.
And it worked out that we probably.
Don't win revolutionary war.
I don't know -- have United States after that maybe we've become my candor and moved to dominion status after a hundred years so performance once.
How much push back did you -- in selecting these twenty -- battles or from the publishers very little but since the book has been out.
There -- tremendous it's it's actually funny to watch it because.
When someone reason -- in the story admirable professional amateur if they if you don't have -- particular -- -- -- the most crucial.
You -- Don't you never heard of it or you just don't understand enough about the it's a -- that's a no win situation.
-- you also bring up the the battle.
I don't know others my perspective.
It's when I think about the permanent.
Battles in history when you talk about operation.
-- which military our military.
Created the the bridge across.
The Euphrates to keep that -- credible offensive.
Why did you choose that.
Well some of it is because.
There's it's a model and I don't people could relate to it we want we wanted to have been put some of that region.
Number two we think it's not consequential today -- it's going to be seen consequential.
Later on in history.
The -- and out of my had a Chinese statesman once said but asked about the French revolution.
What do you think about it he -- took more than 200 years it's too early to tell.
The final effects of that battle what we did in Iraq it's too early to tell.
Obviously -- affected so many Arab Spring.
Many of these things that are going on now are -- and being able to influence.
On the Middle East in the Persian gulf -- degree it is -- war related to.
What happened in 2000 -- Or it's going to -- go to bed.
Historians gonna make that judgment and a fifty years.
Well it is to me passing that that you you just -- of the very few people talk about.
And that is relating the Arab Spring to the causality.
That one could argue was the the administration the bush administration's.
Insistence on going into Baghdad that -- follow on.
With the Obama administration.
In Afghanistan and conclusion of hostilities.
If not inclusion of hostilities at least the withdrawal of US forces from how important musical that is going to be with you do because we can't wait -- 200 years.
I got to be now years ago actually wrote an article collapse of our civilization.
That this was going I wrote in 2005.
People said I don't think that's appropriate that's actually actually right I think we're seeing that today it's -- the entire Arab world was on raveling.
For good or bad it's and it's and it's nowhere near finished -- wrote that article I was hoping that Turkey would be the ball worker which -- stopped Turks being different from the Arabs.
Hopefully they're gonna get things under control Turkey bit you know I'm not -- percent optimistic I think it's a very very dangerous situation.
And if Turkey goes the way Egypt is gone.
What that means for NATO to NATO partner what that means for sales in Europe and on policy going forward is almost beyond.
It's their yards carry it's we we cannot lose Turkey to weigh what is now the Arab Spring turning into an.
And now as the president obviously over his said that he has descended on providing military.
The Syrian rebels we have a new.
And and jeopardy.
Intruders I happen to agree -- federal -- There are always speakers the the main the main corporate most of this is I ran.
And and we've got -- by -- again to read the -- moment of battle on sale now thanks for being with us.
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