Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding. “Tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors that would flow from such a conflict. The Korean peninsula, all 85,270 square miles of it, is about the size... Read more
Saudi Arabia Duped American Veterans Into Lobbying Congress
Because of weak enforcement of foreign lobbying laws, in 2016 and 2017 U.S. military veterans lobbied on behalf of Saudi Arabia — without knowing they were doing so. Their multi-million-dollar lobbying effort included 22 different firms. This according to Project on Government Oversight investigator Lydia Dennett, working in conjunction... Read more
A U.S. Military Contractor Allegedly Laundered Money From Iran
The chairman of a key U.S. military contractor in the Middle East was recently charged with multiple felonies in a major fraud, money laundering and public corruption scheme. According to court papers in Kuwait, where the charges were filed, misappropriated investor money so far totals more than $160 million,... Read more
James Comey’s Testimony Cements It—Trump Is a Walking Disaster
There’s a popular meme among U.S. Pres. Donald Trump’s online followers that depicts him as a man playing 4-D chess against opponents who barely understand 2-D checkers. According to the meme, Trump is a brilliant political tactician playing a game his opponents can never hope to understand. If only... Read more
How the Pentagon’s Wasteful Budget Hurts the Military
The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The... Read more
The United States Is Making the Soviet Union’s Mistakes
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social... Read more
America’s Iran Hysteria
“Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April 2017 visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I must admit that when I stumbled across that quote it brought up uncomfortable personal memories. East Baghdad, Jan. 25,... Read more
How Not to Build an Aircraft Carrier
Pres. Donald Trump used the Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, as a backdrop to unveil his vision for the next defense budget in March 2017. The moment was meant to symbolize his commitment to rebuilding the military, but it also positioned the president in front of... Read more
Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat
Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what’s to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo. By 2014, the City of Angels in... Read more
Senators Are Forcing the U.S. Navy to Buy Crappy Ships It Doesn’t Want
This year’s Pentagon budget originally included a small victory for taxpayers—it reduced its request for the troubled Littoral Combat Ship to only one ship for $1.2 billion. “The Navy doesn’t want them,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Hugh Hewitt earlier this month. Yet, while sailors... Read more
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