Expect Yet More War Under Donald Trump
I remember the day Pres. Barack Obama let me down. It was December 1, 2009, and as soon as the young president took the podium at West Point and — calm and cool as ever — announced a new troop surge in Afghanistan, I knew. There wasn’t a doubt... Read more
China’s Blustering Over Taiwan Means Xi Jinping Is Blowing It
So now China is overtly threatening cross-strait war should U.S. Navy vessels tarry at seaports in Taiwan. Congress and the Trump administration contemplate such port calls in the text of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Pres. Donald Trump has just signed the act into law. Afterward, diplomat Li Kexin announced that... Read more
America’s President Plays With Matches
“I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has M.S. She and my dad got the call to evacuate after midnight last night. They were able to... Read more
U.S. Special Operations Forces Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017
“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in October 2017. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West... Read more
Still Waiting for Americans to Wake Up to Their Country’s Wars
What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as... Read more
The Era of Walls

The Era of Walls

WIB politics December 8, 2017

When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to... Read more
North Korea’s Prying Eyes
North Korea maintains an extensive intelligence collection and security apparatus — as might be expected of a totalitarian regime such as the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Pyongyang maintains two main agencies — one focused on external intelligence collection and clandestine operations and another focused on counterintelligence. There... Read more
With the F-35, Industry Is Holding Taxpayers Hostage
An October 2017 Government Accountability Office report details problems the services are having keeping the F-35 stealth fighter fleet ready for combat. One problem it highlighted was that, at a time when the Pentagon is desperate to ramp up production of new aircraft, the services have to wait an... Read more
Why Do Some Militaries Kill Civilians During Civil War, While Others Do Not?
In August 2017, residents of Tu Lar To Li fled as Burmese soldiers closed in on the remote village located in Burma’s Rakhine state, according to the testimony of 20-year-old Hasina in a recent Human Rights Watch report. In the wake of years of ethnic cleansing between Buddhist and... Read more
An Alternative Strategy for 9/12/2001
“Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.” — Thucydides You’ve heard the platitude that hindsight is 20/20. It’s true enough and, though I’ve been a regular skeptic about what policymakers used to call the Global War on Terror, it’s always easier to poke holes in the past... Read more
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