Help

Nation Topics - US Military Presence Abroad

Topic Page

Nation Topics - US Military Presence Abroad

Articles

News and Features

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.

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.”

Blogs

The United States is still involved in Iraq, though more quietly.

February 6, 2014

A new play by George Brant brings home the human costs of America’s remote killing machine.

January 14, 2014

Chuck Hagel's paeans to “political reform” in the Gulf must have sounded strange to political prisoners in repressive Bahrain, where he delivered his remarks.

January 13, 2014

If Washington and Tehran cooperate, they may find themselves on the same side in key regional conflicts.

January 6, 2014

Military buildup in the Persian Gulf, arms sales could undermine US-Iran negotiations.

December 9, 2013

Citizens and a challenger pressure a Maine senator to abandon opposition to a bill that would require reports on civilian casulaties.

November 25, 2013

A new security deal could leave troops in Afghanistan until "2024 and beyond."  

November 21, 2013

Three Pakistanis put a face to America's drone wars on Capitol Hill Tuesday. 

October 29, 2013

Diplomacy first, on Iran, Syria and Israel-Palestine has it about right. If it’s real.

October 29, 2013

And The New York Times reports that terror and panic grip broad populations in targeted areas.

October 22, 2013