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Washington always imagines it can control combustible situations abroad. It can’t. And it won’t.

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.

Benghazi Consulate

Each crisis, from Benghazi to the Boko Haram kidnappings, has provided further US justification for a military expansion that’s been underway for years. 

Libyan rebels

The US plan to create another armed group to inject into Libya’s fractious sea of competing militias is going forward—and is fraught with peril.

US Army

If you want to know what US forces are doing in Africa, it helps to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking for business.

Special Forces

The officers running secret operations there have been calling Africa "the battlefield of tomorrow, today." 

Libya airstrike

Almost every move Washington has made in the region has helped spread conflict and chaos, while contributing to African destabilization.

President Obama

On issues ranging from transparency to torture, “thou shalt not” became “thou shalt.”

Malalai Joya

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering.

Blogs

Be careful what you say about drones—they might be listening.

July 1, 2014

The Iraq-Syria civil clearly befuddles Washington—but not Tehran.

June 25, 2014

The crisis has a political solution, not a military one—and Iraq’s armed forces are now officially hopeless.

June 23, 2014

The White House ought to listen to its better angels and concentrate on politics and diplomacy.

June 20, 2014

Reed on Iraq and the US establishment press.

June 18, 2014

Clinton reverts back to one of the worst Bush-era tropes on the war.

June 16, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

The president delivers a robust defense of his reluctance to use military force. Well, except for drones.

May 28, 2014

Tomorrow’s West Point speech may explain it all.

May 27, 2014

According to one of its producers, the film “tells the story of two ex-soldiers... who walk across the country in a bid to heal from their time on the battlefield.”

May 27, 2014