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Many Americans realize that torture doesn't work—but want to believe in it anyway.

America's Pakistan problem is getting worse, not better, on President Obama's watch.

Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

Liz Cheney's witch hunt against lawyers who represented Guantánamo detainees is a new low.

Members of Congress who oppose the US military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq are divided on strategies to force de-escalation.

Obama makes reassuring noises about constraining executive power and protecting civil liberties, but then adopts whatever appalling policy Bush put in place.

The GOP nominee favors unilateralism and "rogue state rollback."

Making a list of the most hated arch-criminals--not the usual suspects.

The Bush Administration cites a 1994 bombing in Argentina to tar Iran as a sponsor of global terror. But a fresh probe finds no evidence of an Iran connection.

The US government relies heavily on the testimony of self-styled terrorism experts in prosecuting the "war on terror." But how credible are they?

Blogs

David Cameron apologized for the killings of "Bloody Sunday" after 38 years. How long will it take for an apology for other state killings? 

June 16, 2010

The usual leapers leap to their conclusions.

May 3, 2010

Not only is Obama not supporting Karzai's peace jirga, his soldiers are threating to kill Karzai's brother for talking to the Taliban.

March 31, 2010

The war could end in a year or so, with a negotiated settlement, if Obama plays his cards right.

March 24, 2010

Yesterday, during his appearance at the Institute for the Study of War, I had a chance to ask General Ray Odierno, the US commander in Iraq, about the role of Iran in the recent purge of nearly 500 Iraqi candidates on trumped-up charges that they are Baathists.

February 17, 2010

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times. But even all these days on, it's been a very discreet unveiling.

February 9, 2010

Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, the old soldier who looked like and in so many ways was a member of the Democratic establishment of another time, broke with the leadership of his own party and the opposition Republicans at a critical point in 2005 to say it was time to bring the troops home from Iraq.

February 8, 2010

Who says the president is failing to show leadership? In one area at least, there's no sign of flag or falter. If anything, the administration's only becoming more forthright. Sad to say, that area is military build-up.

February 3, 2010

What did Tony Blair know, and when did he know it?

January 29, 2010

The House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight met today to discuss issues of sovereignty and stability in Iraq ranging from the country's longstanding financial obligation to neighboring Kuwait to its even longer-standing issues with the Kurdish people. But Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) seemed mostly interested in berating the Iraqis for their lack of gratitude.

September 17, 2009