The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses
Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself. The individual inhabiting the White House has become the preeminent symbol of who we are and what we represent as a nation and a people. In a fundamental sense, he is us. It was not always... Read more
Is Blackwater Back in Iraq?
Members of Iraq’s parliament have some questions about security contractors arriving in Iraq. They’re worried that notorious mercenary firm Blackwater has, more or less, made its way back to Iraq. “So far, the government has not briefed us on the arrival of private security firms for securing the highway... Read more
As Venezuela Falls Apart, Its People Build a New Faith
In ways large and small, Venezuelans have felt the effects of the unfolding political and economic crisis there. Grocery store shelves are barren, and few dare to use their phones in public for fear of theft or worse. Car windows are tinted as much as possible for the same... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Still Quietly Killing Off the A-10
The U.S. Air Force is putting on a great publicity show for their impending Light Attack Experiment, a.k.a. OA-X. Officially, this small-scale experiment is meant only to demonstrate the capabilities of four low-cost, off-the-shelf, lightly armed aircraft against lightly defended enemies such as Islamic State or the Taliban. Quite... Read more
Seven Top U.S. Marines Took Jobs With Foreign Governments and Firms
Documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight name seven retired U.S. Marine Corps officers — including the Secretary of Defense and Pres. Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly — who sought and obtained permission from the Marine Corps to be paid to work on behalf of... Read more
Wow, Afghanistan Is Getting a Lot Worse
Militant attacks are escalating. Afghan military casualties are high. Deserters number in the thousands. Kabul’s coffers are depleted. American officials are cowering in their fortified compounds. That’s the dark picture that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — the U.S. government’s watchdog agency for the Afghanistan war —... Read more
Oil Is Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy
Who says Pres. Donald Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy? Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement a clear international agenda. Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges — Trump will do whatever it... Read more
The Unique Bravery of Transgender Soldiers
Turns out tweets aren’t policy. Pres. Donald Trump seemed to end the U.S. military’s open acceptance of transgender troops on July 26, 2017 when he tweeted out that America would no longer allow said troops to serve in any branch in any capacity. According to Trump, transgender troops cost... Read more
There Are No Excuses for Not Accepting Transgender Troops
For a brief moment, the U.S. military allowed transgender troops to serve openly until Pres. Donald Trump ended the policy citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” During that time, America’s armed forces had joined a practice existent in at least 20 countries, including Israel and the bulk of the... Read more
The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget
You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon. Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year... Read more
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