Weekend Reading, September 18–20 Edition

September 18, 2015

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Awkward visits with China. With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit approaching, Jeffrey Bader buzzes through the past visits by Chinese leaders. His take: “So one should be skeptical that a visit by a Chinese president comes at a uniquely difficult time and that the stakes are critical. In fact, the nature of the U.S.-China relationship is such that visits to Washington always seem to come at uniquely difficult times.”

Saddam’s shadow. Aaron Zelin hosts Kyle Orton on the latest episode of his Jihadology podcast to talk about Saddam’s use and abuse of Islam throughout his reign It’s really interesting. Have a listen! 

Carrier air wing love. Tim Walton previews a forthcoming study on carriers that you should definitely be looking out for over at CIMSEC.

Airpower unleashed. Over at RCD, Mackenzie Eaglen lays out the Air Force’s vision for the future of war, and it does not disappoint. Zachary Austin talks precision strike at Defense in Depth. Among the questions he asks: Can the next bomber get through to its targets? Read what this Air Force colonel has to say about this very important issue here at War on the Rocks.

Want more? Captain Kyle Staron throws some cold water on airpower. And Jason Nulton takes a look at Air Force readiness at Task & Purpose.

Lawrence Freedman on…Woody Allen. Our pals at The Bridge have a nice short interview with WOTR contributing editor Lawry Freedman. He references some great and creative minds, including our favorite neurotic New York filmmaker.

How to live like a Navy SEAL. Cool guy sunglasses not included.

Photo credit:  Pfc Aaron Bolser, U.S. Marine Corps