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President Barack Obama at UN

Eight exceptional(ly dumb) American achievements of the twenty-first century.

Free Syrian Army soldiers

Before there was a civil war and before Syria became the world’s chessboard, there was a peaceful uprising for freedom and dignity.

Protest against NYPD surveillance

Americans remain mostly blind to the abusive treatment of terror suspects on US soil.

America's Afghan Victims

An in-depth look at the civilian toll of America’s longest war.

A recounting of three horrific US/ISAF civilian massacres, the procedures implemented to prevent such events from happening again—and why those procedures were inadequate.

Soldiers in Afghanistan

Coalition forces sometimes pay compensation to civilian victims and survivors of the suffering we have inflicted—but ISAF keeps no comprehensive records, and the US military denies all responsibility.

A boy injured in an airstrike

Even among staunchly antiwar politicians and pundits, few bother to mention the cost of the war to civilians.

Grave of a victim of an air strike

If you want stats from the government, you better be prepared to pay.

Blogs

President Obama’s decision to ask Congress to authorize any action towards Syria is both courageous and correct—now it’s time for democracy to work. 

September 3, 2013

The “800-pound gorilla” off limits?

September 3, 2013

Is President Obama planning to assassinate President Assad of Syria?

September 3, 2013

The president's decision to bomb Syria makes no strategic sense whatsoever, and it will lots of people for no reason at all.

September 1, 2013

Obama’s choice delays military intervention and opens way for debate on whether strikes are justified.

August 31, 2013

Margaret Sullivan calls out the Times for lack of skepticism.

August 30, 2013

Eric on the hidden treasure in the new Bob Dylan; Reed on the impending airstrikes in Syria.

August 30, 2013

An aimless, nonsensical attack.

August 30, 2013

Thanks to Ed Miliband, Britons now have what we were never given in the run-up to war in Iraq.

August 30, 2013

After days of following the White House line, skeptical reporting and punditry has arrived.

August 29, 2013