Planet of War

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by Danny Sjursen American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly… Continue Reading  

Post-Election Foreign Policy Trouble

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by Paul R. Pillar On the day after the U.S. midterm elections, European politicians and analysts are bracing for disruption from Donald Trump that will be even greater than what he has perpetrated so far. Their concerns are well-founded, for… Continue Reading  

Pentagon Socialism

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by William Hartung Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the… Continue Reading  

A Reckoning for Raqqa

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by Laila Ujayli Before the start of the Syrian war, my family used to spend summers in Raqqa, the eastern city that the self-described Islamic State (ISIS or IS) illegitimately claimed as its capital. During those long summer days years… Continue Reading  

Seventeen Years of War (and More to Come)

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by Tom Engelhardt We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding — and, after a fashion, perhaps it was. On October 7, 2001,… Continue Reading