McCain and American Engagement: A Dangerous Option


by Gordon Adams  John McCain has been much celebrated for his stirring Philadelphia critique of the Trump foreign policy as “half baked, spurious nationalism.” Although he is absolutely right to blister Trump’s eccentric, tweet-driven non-strategy, McCain’s alternative policy would send… Continue Reading  

Kurds as US Allies against Iran?


by James M. Dorsey There may be a silver but risky lining for Kurdish nationalists in their devastating loss of Kirkuk and other cities on the periphery of their semi-autonomous region as they lick their wounds and vent anger over… Continue Reading  

America’s Wars and the “More” Strategy


by Danny Sjursen More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself.  Commanding a small cavalry troop of about 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more: more troopers, more Special Forces advisers,… Continue Reading  

Syrian War: Your Move Again, President Trump


by Wayne White Donald Trump’s grasp of the Syrian War remains highly questionable. Just days before the Syrian chemical weapons (CW) strike on a rebel-held population center, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson implied that the ouster of Syrian President Bashar… Continue Reading  

Why Trump Likes the Military


by Paul R. Pillar Consider this major disconnect.  On one hand, President Trump presents a proposed budget that calls for a major increase in spending on the military, even while drastically slashing funding for huge parts of much else that the… Continue Reading