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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.

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." 

Blogs

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

March 20, 2015

The story Frank tells in his new memoir of Robert McNamara’s visit to Harvard in 1966 is, to put it generously, incomplete.

March 20, 2015

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

March 17, 2015

Okinawans have voted overwhelmingly to close a key US forward base in Asia.

March 4, 2015

A top defense official says the lack of geographic limits was “very deliberate” and could be used to fight a worldwide war against “extremism.”

March 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton is already adopting a more aggressive foreign policy posture. Can it be challenged?

February 13, 2015

A long-term alternative to war can only be built by popular movements in Iraq and Syria. These movements deserve our solidarity—not our bombs.

February 10, 2015

Activists disrupt Henry Kissinger’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

January 29, 2015

Cohen said the fighting in Ukraine could lead the United States and NATO to war with Russia.

January 29, 2015