Buttering Up the Pentagon

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by Danny Sjursen Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump Offers a Helping Hand to China and Russia

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 by Dilip Hiro In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump warned grimly of “rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values.”  In response, he demanded that Congress give even more money to “our great military”… Continue Reading  

A New Decision to Go to War in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar Behind a façade of continuity, the deployment of U.S. armed forces in Syria for the purposes that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described in a speech this week represents a departure from what such forces were… Continue Reading  

A Second Korean War?

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by Rajan Menon Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea’s nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of… Continue Reading  

Trump’s National Security Strategy: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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bu Robert E. Hunter The Trump administration’s recently issued National Security Strategy for 2017 has already sunk from public sight. Judged by its content, that is as it should be. As The New York Times reflected when the NSS was… Continue Reading