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A malnourished child

A man-made famine in South Sudan is brutal evidence of the limits of American nation-building in Africa.

Iraqi Funeral

In 2003, Bush and friends dreamed up a jihadi Iraq with deep ties to al-Qaeda. Now, their convenient nightmare is becoming a deadly reality.

Operation Shock and Awe

On the tenth anniversary of the US invasion, the country is mired in a permanent crisis of sectarian violence, pervasive corruption and broken infrastructure.

Funeral in Iraq

Is there any benefit to be found in an unbroken record of waste, futility and shame? Only if lessons learned prevent a catastrophe in Iran.

Barack Obama

As the infrastructure of many U.S. cities crumbles, the Pentagon continues to pump over a billion dollars into military bases throughout the Middle East. 

 In Obama's Afghanistan speech, signs of the Great American Unraveling. 

Jeremy Scahill on The Rachel Maddow Show following peace talk fraud revelation: "If they can't even figure out who is a real Taliban leader to meet with, what does that say about the people who are being killed on a regular basis by special operation forces?" 

It’s over for the US in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean the death and destruction are about to stop. Quagmires don’t just go away.

The Army's plan to professionalize Iraq's police could backfire, as militia-infiltrated squads become more effective killers.

Blogs

The multiple civil wars in Sudan and South Sudan show the dangers of creating mini-states.

January 8, 2014

An Obama diplomatic offensive on Afghanistan is long overdue.

October 21, 2013

There are plenty of reasons to intervene, including oil, and we’ll do so, says Obama.

September 24, 2013

Violence in Iraq is going from bad to worse, in tandem with neighboring Syria.

January 3, 2013

It’s time to ask hard questions about why the U.S. still hasn’t learned its lesson on nation building abroad. 

October 17, 2012

Al Qaeda is nearly gone, and the war in Afghanistan is nearly over. 

October 11, 2012

Many on the left have fallen for Ron Paul’s non-interventionism. But there’s a Republican with a more responsible approach: Jon Huntsman. 

January 6, 2012

Hamid Karzai is in showdown with the Afghan parliament, with huge stakes.

July 6, 2011

 Talks are underway, but it's important to make sure Pakistan is on board.

June 29, 2011

Maybe you guessed it already, but the billions we're pouring into rebuilding Afghanistan aren't working.

June 8, 2011