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  

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  

Biden’s Iraq War Throwback


by Hannah Gais As the Obama administration winds down its final term, Vice President Joe Biden has started his own lecture tour of sorts. Last week, the vice president appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the administration’s… Continue Reading  

The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought


by Jim Lobe Late last month, I published a post entitled “Hillary’s Foreign Policy: A Liberal-Neoconservative Convergence?” that featured the announcement of a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to be rolled out May 16.… Continue Reading  

Islamic State Vulnerable, But US Troops Not the Answer


by Wayne White Regardless of its terrorist spectacles abroad, from Beirut to Paris, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) continues to lose territory in its Syrian-Iraqi base. Large dollops of US ground forces in roles closer to the fighting are… Continue Reading