Intervention: Same Old, Same Old?

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by Gordon Adams Not only is the Trump administration not normal, its foreign policy reveals an administration in turmoil with several foreign policies being pursued at the same time. No wonder the world is confused about what American policy is.… Continue Reading  

It’s Time to Let Go of America’s 18-year Afghan War

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by Aaron David Miller, Steven Simon, and Richard Sokolsky Reports that US and Taliban negotiators have reached a tentative framework for withdrawing American forces from Afghanistan have set the foreign policy establishment’s hair on fire. A former US ambassador described… Continue Reading  

Has the Arms Industry Captured Trump’s Pentagon?

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by Mandy Smithberger and William D. Hartung The way personnel spin through Washington’s infamous revolving door between the Pentagon and the arms industry is nothing new. That door, however, is moving ever faster with the appointment of Patrick Shanahan, who… Continue Reading  

Turning Victory Into Defeat

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by William Astore One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma campaign, which ended in a resounding victory over Japan. When… Continue Reading  

Weapons in Space: Potential Gift to Contractors, Definite Danger to Security

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by William D. Hartung The Pentagon’s new Missile Defense Review has been rightly criticized for being dangerous, unworkable, and unaffordable. Or, as Newsweek’s headline on the topic put it, “Trump’s Space Missile Plan Is Too Expensive and Will Not Work,… Continue Reading