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It was an ignominious end to America's worst foreign policy disaster since the Vietnam War, and the costs, for both Iraq and the United States, will be felt for some time.

A rug featuring Muammar Qaddafi's image

By ignoring the UN Security Council resolution’s mandate authorizing intervention, NATO may have destroyed the prospects for future legitimate uses of the principle of “responsibility to protect.”

Soldiers in Afghanistan

In a stunning victory for the American peace movement and Iraqi opponents of the US occupation, virtually all US troops will withdraw from Iraq by this December 31.

Ten years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, how can we effectively and humanely end an unwinnable war?

Has the outsourcing of torture been a way to keep human rights groups at bay and protect the US image after Abu Ghraib?

Anwar al-Awlaki

Welcome to the Drone Empire, in which the president's executioners can kill without legal restraint.

Even Barack Obama knows that the political necessity to prove that he is tough on terror can have dangerous consequences for American security and his standing throughout the world.

State Department employee Peter Van Buren was sent to Iraq to help rebuild it. The result was an exercise in Murphy's Law.

Peter Van Buren is a State Department employee—who might get fired for disseminating public information about WikiLeaks online.

The neocons, with strong support in Congress and the Pentagon, are fighting a rear-guard battle to extend a major US troop presence beyond this year. Can the peace movement head them off?

Blogs

Obama finally started making plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, and members of Congress are speaking up. 

February 26, 2014

A drone strike in Yemen in December may have killed civilians and violated Obama’s targeted killing policies, a new report says. 

February 21, 2014

To prevent mental illness in American soldiers, bring them home.

February 4, 2014

Bill's Keller's justifications for intervention in Syria sound awfully familiar. 

January 15, 2014

Obama wants another decade of war in Afghanistan—but a new book says he’s already lost faith in the mission. 

January 7, 2014

How does Obama justify killing innocents this time?

December 18, 2013

How a propaganda goof by Richard Nixon’s administration midwifed an urban legend that scarred American foreign policy and domestic politics for a generation.

December 3, 2013

Did Kennedy intend to bring an end to the Vietnam War after his re-election?

November 21, 2013

Senator Merkley wants President Obama to consult Congress before agreeing to another decade of war. 

November 20, 2013

A new film aims to help end American indifference to the tragedy of drone warfare. 

October 24, 2013