Europe’s Greatest War-Risk Is in the Baltics
Since 2014, the NATO alliance has made numerous posture changes on its eastern flank to deter Russia. Essentially, the alliance’s goal is to change Russian behavior, but how does one measure such policy modifications in Moscow? The RAND Corporation recently released a new report that attempts to build an analytical... Read more
‘Tell Me How This Ends’
It took 14 years, but now we have an answer. It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and U.S. Army major general David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Rick Atkinson, The Washington Post journalist and military... Read more
Donald Trump Is Doubling Down on Gitmo … and Its Cruelty
In 2009, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that “detention facility” will have a far longer life than I... Read more
Counterinsurgency, Policing and the Militarization of America’s Cities
I can remember both so well. 2006. My first raid in South Baghdad. 2014. Watching on YouTube as a New York police officer asphyxiated — murdered — Eric Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street corner not five miles from my old apartment. Both events... Read more
Even the Army’s Crowd-Control Rulebook Says Ferguson Police Tactics Were Dumb
This story  originally appeared on Aug. 15, 2014. The crackdown by police in the Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 protests revealed just how militarized American law enforcement has become. But it’s not just militarization of the police that’s a problem—it’s that police departments also are taking the wrong lessons from... Read more
South Korea Deploys Its Own Missile Shield
In the spring of 2017, the United States began deploying Terminal High Altitude Air Defense missile batteries to South Korea. The expensive THAAD system is designed to shoot-down ballistic missiles on their terminal trajectory as they plunge down their targets. While North Korea will likely soon possess missiles that... Read more
Let’s Talk About Who Really Benefits From U.S. Defense Spending
Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already nodding in agreement, let me explain just where a huge chunk of the Pentagon budget... Read more
The Finnish Military Shows How to Treat Soldiers the Right Way
The Finnish Defense Forces does several things differently from the militaries of the United States and most of Europe. It’s partly due to circumstance. Universal male conscription — deriving from a history of very bloody wars with Russia and a principle of neutrality — means that most Finnish men... Read more
Despite the Fearmongering, Russia Is Actually Relying Less on Nuclear Weapons
In recent months there has much hysteria in Washington about Russia allegedly lowering its nuclear threshold and particularly about Moscow’s arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. However, there is little evidence that Moscow has lowered its nuclear threshold — nor are there concrete figures available for how many non-strategic nuclear... Read more
Autopilot Wars

Autopilot Wars

WIB politics October 10, 2017

Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven. Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. Nor can it be said that we don’t... Read more
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