The Sources of Mission Creep in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar The other day we learned that there are four times more U.S. troops in Syria than any earlier official figure had acknowledged. The discrepancy did not get much public attention perhaps because the numbers are small—… Continue Reading  

Gorka’s Beltway Boosters Leave Him Hanging

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by Eli Clifton Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, might be on his way out of the White House. Following LobeLog’s February article on the White House staffer wearing a medallion from a Hungarian nationalist organization with a… Continue Reading  

Gorka’s Plan to Defeat Terrorism: Buy Guns, Read Islamophobes

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by Eli Clifton Newly appointed Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka has a track record of advising the military and national security elite, including, according to his biographies, the U.S. Special Operations community, the National Intelligence Council, the FBI,… Continue Reading  

An Order That Will Increase Terrorism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s efforts, during his first week in office, to give substance to his campaign rhetoric have involved executive orders that have generated reactions ranging from bemusement over their vagueness to worried waiting for other shoes… Continue Reading  

Inside the Devastation of America’s Drone Wars

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by Pratap Chatterjee In a trio of recent action-packed movies, good guys watch terrorists mingling with innocent women and children via real-time video feeds from halfway across the world. A clock ticks and we, the audience, are let in on… Continue Reading