The American Way of War as a Do-Over
With Gen. John Campbell’s tour of duty in Afghanistan finished, a new commander has taken over. Admittedly, things did not go well during Campbell’s year and a half heading up the International Security Assistance Force, but that’s par for the course. In late 2015, while he was in the... Read more
The U.S. Military’s Poor Record Training the Iraqi Army
There’s good news coming out of Iraq … again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by the Islamic State. Government forces and Shiite militias, for example, recaptured the city of Tikrit, while Kurdish troops ousted I.S. fighters... Read more
The Oil Pricequake
As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All evidence, however, points to a continuing depression in oil prices in 2016 — one that... Read more
In 2016, Let’s Stop Freaking Out So Much About Terrorism
It’s time to panic! As 2015 ended, this country was certifiably terror-stricken. It had the Islamic State on the brain. Hoax terror threats or terror imbroglios shut down school systems from Los Angeles to New Hampshire, Indiana to a rural county in Virginia. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, citing terror attacks... Read more
The Logic of the Police State
If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming — and it’s all the fault of activists. In May, a Wall Street Journal op-ed warned of a “new nationwide crime wave” thanks to “intense agitation against American police departments”... Read more
Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Special Ops ‘Successes’
They’re some of the best soldiers in the world — highly trained, well equipped, and experts in weapons, intelligence gathering and battlefield medicine. They study foreign cultures and learn local languages. They’re smart, skillful, wear some very iconic headgear, and their 12-member teams are “capable of conducting the full... Read more

Nick Turse

Managing editor of TomDispatch and a fellow at the Nation Institute.

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