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maritime operation

Despite US military efforts, maritime insecurity has been markedly on the rise in the waters off West Africa. 

ISIS strike

Former top UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi lays out how decades of naïveté about Arab societies, poor planning and post-conflict miscalculations have fostered a deep mistrust and lack of confidence in the United States.

US Special Operations Command Africa

A new internal investigation reveals just how poorly US African Command has handled its humanitarian missions.

ISIS Tank

If we don’t act now, constitutional restraints on presidential warmaking will be eviscerated.

At age 70, a writer reflects on the so-called ‘American Century’—and the world it wrought.

Burning an American Flag

American military and corporate power have triumphed over all rivals—so why does the United States still struggle to impose its will on the world?

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.

Blogs

Few would oppose a robust US response to Ebola, but the Obama administration's deployment of 3,000 troops to Liberia comes amid a broader US-led militarization in West Africa.

September 25, 2014

Obama has succumbed to the “War Party” on both sides of the aisle, and should revert back to his “don’t do stupid stuff” policy.

September 22, 2014

Fox News becomes a caricature of itself, again.

September 16, 2014

US military officials outlined several scenarios ground troops could end up fighting in Iraq and said Obama hasn’t closed the door.

September 16, 2014

The United States can’t create peace by military force. We can only add to the destruction.

September 16, 2014

If President Obama denounces military action, why is he preparing for another war in Iraq and Syria?

September 15, 2014

It isn't just a coincidence that the entire world seems to be at war at once. President Obama needs an army—of diplomats. 

July 21, 2014

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