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John Kerry

President Obama was right to seek congressional approval to strike Syria—but a bipartisan coalition must turn him down.

Hiroshima

August 6 marks sixty-eight years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

Susan Rice

There are some hopeful signs, including his recent speech at the National Defense University and a new, less hawkish foreign policy team.

Barack Obama

Until the president defines what “associated forces” are, the current formulation leaves open the possibility of unlimited, unending use of military force anywhere in the world.

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan on the Brink,  civil wars, Asif Ali Zardari

Ahmed Rashid’s gloomy, essential account of the divisive US-Pakistan alliance.

Anwar al-Awlaki

How three US citizens were killed by their own government in the space of one month in 2011.

With the killing of Awlaki, the president of the United States became judge, jury and executioner for American citizens.

Chlorine plant Iraq

Our self-righteous country has a history of justifying conflicts that were based on lies.

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.

Women in Afghanistan

As the US withdrawal looms, women’s rights advocates plan to carry on their fierce, lonely fight.

Blogs

The threat of a reckless US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever, but politically-motivated military strikes will only make a horrific war even worse.

August 27, 2013

As Obama prepares for air strike.

August 26, 2013

Obama could be arming fighters who want to take their struggle to Russia itself.

August 6, 2013

He claimed Hiroshima was “a military base.” When tens of thousands of women and children had just been incinerated.

August 6, 2013

Famed film director (and history buff) Oliver Stone tells the story of the bomb in The Untold History of the United States.

August 5, 2013

Leaker revealed thousands of civilian casualties in Iraq that we wouldn’t know about otherwise.

August 3, 2013

Shaye was the first to expose the US cruise missile attack on the Yemeni village of al-Majalah—the first Obama administration-approved attack in Yemen.

July 25, 2013

A bipartisan coalition wanted to prevent President Obama from going ahead with his plan to provide US military aid to Syrian rebels. But House Republican leaders prevented a real oversight vote.

July 24, 2013

Sixty-eight years ago last week the Nuclear Age began with the first successful test of an atomic weapon at the Trinity site in the New Mexico desert.

July 24, 2013

Chairman of Joint Chiefs, former Centcom commander urge caution.

July 23, 2013