War and the Imperial Presidency
It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally-declared war finally ended. Wars in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen... Read more
Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?
“This time, they think they have it right.” So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country’s top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine general Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was... Read more
U.S. Air Force Leaders Are Deliberately Slow-Rolling A-10 Refurbishment
In a victory for supporters of the battle-proven A-10 close air support aircraft, Congress provided the necessary seed money to extend the fleet’s lifespan for at least another decade in its last spending bill. The U.S. Air Force had announced in 2017 that 110 A-10s were in danger of... Read more
Border Fetish

Border Fetish

WIB politics April 27, 2018

At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed what seemed to be a... Read more
No, North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Wasn’t Destroyed in an Earthquake
Major media outlets reported on April 25, 2018 that large portions of North Korea’s underground nuclear test facility had collapsed and were unusable. The stories in The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers and websites, all citing a Chinese study first obtained by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning... Read more
We Love the Pentagon’s ‘Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure’
This story originally appeared on Nov. 18, 2014. Ethically, it’s been a rough few years for the military. In July 2013, an Air Force major general went on an epic five-day bender while on a diplomatic mission in Russia. That November, Navy officials launched an investigation into misconduct involving... Read more
Are Purported ‘Sonic Attacks’ at Embassies in Havana an Elaborate Intelligence Operation?
The Canadian government pulled families of diplomats from its embassy in Cuba on April 16, 2018 after 10 Canadians reported symptoms similar to those afflicting Americans on the island. In 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alleged that a “targeted attack” sickened 24 people at the U.S. embassy... Read more
Tales of American Hubris
The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the Hell of it, let’s take a few moments to think about what some of the... Read more
La Honda y el Escudo de David
Fue un ciudadano británico el que al principio modelaría como nadie la forma de hacer la guerra de Israel. En la década de 1930, cuando la tensión entre el pueblo árabe y la comunidad judío-sionista se convirtió en una guerra civil en toda regla en Palestina ─que había estado... Read more
Donald Trump Would Be Right to Strike Syria
In apparently launching a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in western Syria on April 7, 2018, Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad seems to be deliberately testing, even daring, U.S. president Donald Trump to strike back. In April 2017, Trump retaliated against a previous regime gas attack... Read more
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