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Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in War College

Uncertain Leadership, a Nuclear Iran, and a Drone Strike’s Fallout

By Armchair General

Colonel (ret) John Antal, in his latest FLASHPOINTS analysis, says the lack of American leadership remains the greatest threat to American security at this time, and Iran’s nuclear program is Number 2. Joining these two previously identified concerns are potential repercussions from the successful US drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehaud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban on November 1. Taking out Meshud “was a critical blow against terrorism.” But it came just as Pakistan’s government was scheduled to begin new peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the Taliban has sworn vengeance, and “the 2nd and 3rd order effects of the timing of this attack will play out in months ahead and are cause for concern.”

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John Antal has frequently authored articles for Armchair General, including “Wars Without End: the Challenge of ‘Arab Spring'” and “Flashpoint Gaza Analysis.” He has authored or co-authored numerous books. His latest is 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence. Read Armchair General‘s exclusive interview, “7 Questions for John Antal on ‘7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution.’