Killer Presidents

Killer Presidents

During the presidential campaign, when he was still battling an array of Republican heavyweights for the party’s nomination, Donald Trump indulged in a bit of hubris that would have buried a more conventional candidate. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and...
How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent souls crashes on a deserted island. There, in a paradise of coral and coconuts and wild pigs, the survivors soon revert to a state of nature....

Five Signs the Drone War Is Undermining the ‘War on Terror’

The Intercept — a website launched by First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill in the wake of the Snowden revelations last year — was founded to promote official transparency and accountability. This fall, it scored maybe its biggest...
Bombing at a Press Conference Beats Mindlessly Flexing Military Might

Bombing at a Press Conference Beats Mindlessly Flexing Military Might

The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples. The government shouldn’t “jettison our reliance on U.S. strength,” lectured Mitt...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/13)

“Failure is not an option” Nuclear deterrence has to be perfect, or close to perfect. A cata­strophic all-out nuclear war could result from any failure of nuclear deterrence, so there is little margin for error. One could say for nuclear deterrence, failure is not an...
Syrian War Moving Outward, Obama Looks Inward

Syrian War Moving Outward, Obama Looks Inward

Even as the U.S. and Russia continue collaborating on plans for a Syrian peace conference to be held some time in late June, arms shipments on all sides continue to threaten even greater escalation. Arms flows to Syrian rebel forces from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via...
Is the Drone Program Contracting — or Expanding?

Is the Drone Program Contracting — or Expanding?

After President Obama’s speech on May 23 at the National Defense University, Peter Baker reported for the New York Times: “Nearly a dozen years after the hijackings that transformed America, President Obama said Thursday that it was time to narrow the...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (5/22)

We Have Met the Enemy Again and He Is Still Us I remember when an American friend came to Yemen and I took her to Abyan, and I was … afraid AQAP would recognize her as an American and might do something bad to her [said Yemeni activist Farea Al-Muslimi]. So...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (4/26)

Iraq’s War for Terrorists Sets up Branch Campus in Syria Of especially grave concern is the movement into Syria of bomb makers and military tacticians. As Iraq’s jihad was for much of the past decade, Syria’s is now becoming the “destination...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (4/12)

Mental Illness a Prerequisite to Run for Public Office It’s unbelievable what people would do to be in power. I know: It happens everywhere. I can’t believe that normal people in their right mind would run for elected position. There has to be something...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (4/1)

War: Not Just Hell, But the Tenth Circle Thereof War is obscene. I mean that in every sense of the word. Some veterans will tell you that you can’t know war if you haven’t served in one, if you haven’t seen combat. These are often the same guys who...