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(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Answering the Armies of the Cheated
After the end of the Cold War, virtually the entire American foreign-policy establishment succumbed to a monumentally self-destructive idealogical fever. Call it INS, shorthand for Indispensable Nation Syndrome.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 12, 2021 Beyond Donald Trump -- When Poisons Curdle
Racism, extreme materialism, and militarism each deserve and separately sometimes receive condemnation. But it's the way that the three of them sustain one another that accounts for our nation's present condition.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Putting Donald Trump's impeachment in context
Trump's critics speak with one voice in demanding accountability. Yet virtually no one has been held accountable for the pain, suffering, and loss inflicted by the architects of the Iraq War and the Great Recession. Why is that? As another presidential election approaches, the question not only goes unanswered, but unasked.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Naming a Nameless War
What does the United States hope to achieve in its inherited and unending War for the Greater Middle East? To pacify the region? To remake it in our image? To drain its stocks of petroleum? Or just keeping the lid on? However you define the war's aims, things have not gone well, which once again suggests that, in some form, it will continue for some time to come.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2011 Big Change Whether We Like It Or Not
A growing accumulation of evidence suggests that America today is not the America of 1945. Nor does the international order of the present moment bear more than a passing resemblance to that which existed in the heyday of American power.
SHARE Friday, July 1, 2011 War Fever Subsides in Washington
Just when (Congress) appeared to have entered a permanent vegetative state, a flickering of intelligent life has made its reappearance.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 28, 2010 The real story of Obama's Wars
Obama's Wars contains hints of another story, the significance of which seems to have eluded Woodward. The theme of that story is not whether Dick likes Jane, but whether the constitution remains an operative document. The constitution explicitly assigns to the president the role of commander-in-chief. Responsibility for the direction of American wars rests with him.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, February 9, 2009 Winning in Afghanistan- Victory There Won't Look Like You Think
Time to get out and give up on nation building. Written Dec. 31,2008, words are still relevant......the chief effect of allied military operations there so far has been not to defeat the radical Islamists but to push them across the Pakistani border. As a result, efforts to stabilize Afghanistan are contributing to the destabilization of Pakistan, with potentially devastating implications.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 11, 2008 On Killing the Right People
Having learned about this secret war being conducted on their behalf, Americans now have an obligation to find out more. That obligation is both moral and political. The moral obligation is to ascertain whether or not the people we are killing are in fact terrorists
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 7, 2008 Evangelical Foreign Policy Is Over
With Barack Obama's election to the presidency, the evangelical moment in US foreign policy has come to an end. The United States remains a nation of believers, with Christianity the tradition to which most Americans adhere. Yet the religious sensibility informing American statecraft will no longer find expression in an urge to launch crusades against evil-doers.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 23, 2008 Petraeus Opts Out of Politics -- or Does He?
The question still to be determined is this: what role does Petraeus foresee himself playing as this deeply politicized war extends beyond the Bush presidency? Will he confine himself to rendering disinterested professional advice? Should Barack Obama win the election, will the apolitical soldier bow to the wishes of his new civilian master -- despite Obama's opposition to the war in which Petraeus built his reputation?