Rethinking National Security

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by Andrew Bacevich Senator Elizabeth Warren 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. Dear Senator Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020, even… Continue Reading  

Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point on Yemen?

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by Eric Eikenberry Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”… Continue Reading  

Yemen and the Defense Department’s Articles of Faith

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by Eric Eikenberry On Tuesday, CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel told Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in an Armed Services Committee hearing that the United States does not monitor the Saudi-led coalition air raids it provides with in-flight refueling and targeting… Continue Reading  

Reconciling with Extremists in Afghanistan

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by Edward Hunt As the war in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year, the Trump administration has begun looking for ways to make a deal with the Taliban, offering Taliban officials leadership positions in the Afghan government. In August, President Trump… Continue Reading  

Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature

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by Mike Lofgren The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul Pillar on… Continue Reading