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Syrian soldier

“Humanitarian” intervention would only deepen the humanitarian disaster.

Soldiers in North Korea

Pyongyang's bellicose posturing conforms to an old pattern, but the dangers may be greater now because tensions are rising throughout the region.

Operation Shock and Awe

On the tenth anniversary of the US invasion, the country is mired in a permanent crisis of sectarian violence, pervasive corruption and broken infrastructure.

Funeral in Iraq

Is there any benefit to be found in an unbroken record of waste, futility and shame? Only if lessons learned prevent a catastrophe in Iran.

Afghani kids

The US has three lousy options with Afghanistan. Pick one.

South China Sea

Will China-Japan-US tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy?

Dwight Eisenhower

Fifty years ago, college was cheap, unions were strong and there was no terrorism-industrial complex.

Joe Biden, Leon Panetta

The Pentagon is intent on pursuing its own global version of the Second Amendment.

torture protest

Zero Dark Thirty has us arguing over whether torture works, not whether it should be banned.

Military personell

Why are US taxpayers still forced to pay billions of dollars for US military bases?

Blogs

The Senate's number-two Democrat wonders why the United States is sending troops to die in an unwinnable war. How many other legislators will follow?

May 3, 2011

Antiwar sentiment is at the heart of Obama’s base—and also of his appeal to independent voters. 

April 27, 2011

Jackson Diehl, the reliable hawk, opposes diplomatic effort to end the war.

April 25, 2011

A prominent Democrats changes course and says the Obama administration's war in Afghanistan is no longer winnable.

April 20, 2011

Discussion continues of setting up a Taliban office in Ankara.

April 13, 2011

Everyone. And no one. Whom exactly are we fighting again?

April 11, 2011

Once again, the president is being challenged by a rebellious military reluctant to give him options to end the war in Afghanistan.

April 1, 2011

The rhetoric was lovely, but the president’s speech on Libya was a bumbling affair in which he kept referencing the fact that he took the country to war without properly consulting Congress.

March 28, 2011

It's time to resolve the disconnect between public opinion and government policy towards Afghanistan.

March 23, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan adviser backs new report on peace talks.

March 23, 2011