War and the Imperial Presidency

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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  

US Isn’t Leaving Syria—But Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised

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by Gregory Shupak At a rally in Cleveland last week, President Donald Trump said that the US will get out of Syria “very soon.” It is now clear that the 4,000 US troops currently occupying Syria (Washington Post, 10/31/17) will in… Continue Reading  

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead

Nikki Haley at the UN (US Mission to the United Nations via Flickr)

by John Feffer Donald Trump has a plan to solve America’s drug crisis: kill the drug dealers. “We have pushers and drugs dealers, they are killing hundreds and hundreds of people,” Trump said at a recent White House summit on opioid abuse.… Continue Reading  

Six Questions for The New York Times on America’s Wars

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by Andrew Bacevich March 20, 2018 Dear Mr. Sulzberger: Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s — and arguably, the world’s — most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify… Continue Reading  

Western Libya’s Ethno-Sectarian Tensions

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by Giorgio Cafiero Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity has earned him trust and support from certain internal and external players in Libya’s civil war. Along with this legitimacy, however, the “renegade general” and his forces in the Libyan National… Continue Reading