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
The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Still a War Criminal
He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a “runaway” bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was, as Timeput it, “burning up the Amazon charts.” Still, the liberal media wasn’t ready... Read more
Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again
Maybe you thought America’s nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the United States with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong. The Pentagon has been fretting that the arsenal... Read more
Massive Overkill

Massive Overkill

WIB politics November 15, 2017

This piece has been updated and adapted from William Hartung’s “Nuclear Politics,” in Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and published by New Press. Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold... Read more