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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.

Iraq soldier

Ignore the jingoism, from politicians and the press—the tenth anniversary marks a tenth year from hell. 

Expanding Washington’s military footprint in North Africa may be well intended, but it could be destabilizing and lead to blowback.

Wreckage from a drone strike in Yemen

The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact.

Barack Obama

Even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel?

Zero Dark Thirty

A new Open Society Foundations report details just how far down the river we've sold this country's democratic values in our overreaching response to terror.

CIA headquarters

A new report shows that a central element of the Bush administration response to 9/11 was itself to spread terror—on a global scale.

Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry

How the work of a literary critic became the proxy for our preoccupation with the horrors of torture.

The CFR report concludes that “the current trajectory of US drone strike policies is unsustainable."

As Zero Dark Thirty reminds us, Americans have yet to face the torture committed on our behalf. 

Blogs

The Washington Post investigative piece is truly frightening. The “Global War on Terror” goes on and on. 

October 24, 2012

Both candidates agree on Afghanistan—but few Americans join them. 

October 22, 2012

Al Qaeda is nearly gone, and the war in Afghanistan is nearly over. 

October 11, 2012

Why doesn’t the United States seem to be capturing anyone anymore?

June 4, 2012

While Rick Perry hails the president's authorization of the killing of two Americans in Yemen, Paul rejects “assassinating American citizens without charges.”

October 1, 2011

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the lone vote against authorizing the perpetual “war on terror,” is leading an effort to repeal it.

September 11, 2011

Despite Obama’s claims that closing Guantanamo would take priority on his agenda as president, infamous Bush-era policies have quietly expanded under his administration. 

August 5, 2011

Republican senators and the right-wing echo chamber did everything they could to prevent unionization of airport screeners. The union drive succeeded anyway.

June 23, 2011

It's going to be hard for President Obama to run as an anti-war candidate in 2012, but a Republican might.

June 22, 2011

The GOP is getting restless on Afghanistan.

June 13, 2011