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March 29, 2022
For the Sake of Humanity, Let’s Abandon American Exceptionalism
It’s useless in the face of climate change.
February 16, 2022
Is the Confrontation Over Ukraine Joe Biden’s “Wag the Dog” Moment?
The people now gunning for a showdown with Putin were gunning for a showdown with Saddam Hussein two decades ago—with the same promises of a happy outcome.
Andrew J. Bacevich
October 26, 2021
Climate Change Has Exposed the Decline of the American Empire
Responding to the climate crisis has become a race against time, and our government still dawdles at the starting line.
October 14, 2021
America as a “Shining City on a Hill”—and Other Myths to Die By
Time to begin the dirty, essential work of undigging our history, before it kills us all.
August 6, 2021
We Are Not an Indispensable Nation
The United States can’t see further into the future than other countries.
Andrew J. Bacevich
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April 22, 2021
Fritz Mondale and Decency
Jimmy Carter thought the vice presidency was a “wasted national asset.” Walter Mondale, who died last week, changed that forever.
May 13, 2020
If You Want to Honor US Soldiers, Start by Questioning Our Military
A veteran looks back on the follies of the US military during his time in Afghanistan.
April 17, 2020
We’ve Reached Peak Trumpian Dystopia
Can America survive Trump and the coronavirus?
April 13, 2020
The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy
The pandemic is stress-testing two concepts Americans have historically gotten wrong.
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
March 21, 2020
What Are US Forces Doing Abroad? We Don’t Necessarily Know.
Murder, sexual assualt, and other crimes plague our military operations abroad, where thousands of commandos operate with little visibility.