The World According to the “Adults in the Room”

Outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Wikimedia Commons)

by Danny Sjursen Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees,… Continue Reading  

Planet of War

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by Danny Sjursen American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly… Continue Reading  

Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan (U.S. Army)

by Danny Sjursen He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers — the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

Donald Trump at MacDill Air Force Base

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

The Dolls of Militarism

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Danny Sjursen Sometimes I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… Donald Trump’s continual cabinet reshuffling — otherwise the stuff of reality-TV drama — has become genuinely frightening. Like so many… Continue Reading