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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 president sticks with tired rationale about using the US military to force a political deal, rather than negotiating one.

June 23, 2011

For the first time since the Vietnam War, mayors are calling for ending wars and redirecting funds to services at home.

June 21, 2011

Republicans waxing dovish as Obama nears Afghan decision.

June 15, 2011

Progressives launch drive to get Democratic senators to reshape national priorities—cut the military-industrial complex, support “Medicare for All.”

May 31, 2011

President Obama is looking for a good reason to leave Afghanistan, and $113 billion a year could be it.

May 31, 2011

The American experiment was founded on the principle that "permanent war" was to be avoided, as it posed the greatest threat to liberty. This Memorial Day, Americans should recommit to that wise premise.

May 29, 2011

Underway for months, the talks are aimed at starting what will be a long process toward a political settlement of the war.

May 17, 2011

And other important observations from a German resident of Kandahar.

May 16, 2011

The first Republican presidential debate featured clear calls from two candidates to respond to the death of Osama bin Laden by exiting Afghanistan.

May 6, 2011

The Obama administration suggests bin Laden's death could accelerate peace talks with the Taliban.

May 4, 2011