What Will Happen to U.S. Military Bases in Syria?

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by Nick Turse The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside… Continue Reading  

In the Shadow of Donald Trump

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by Tom Engelhardt Breaking News! — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United States on just about any… Continue Reading  

Review: Walt’s Hell of Good Intentions

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by Miriam Pemberton Stephen Walt knew he had a problem. A single grand strategy had dominated U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, and he was its leading scourge. He planned in his new book, The Hell… Continue Reading  

Listen to the Governor of Okinawa

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by Alexis Dudden The East China Sea seems to have disappeared. Not literally of course, yet only a few years ago around the centennial commemorations of the beginning of World War I, talking heads named the body of water between… Continue Reading  

Creating a Perpetual War Machine

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by Andrew Bacevich The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a… Continue Reading