America’s Mixed Messages

by Karen J. Greenberg I grew up in New London, Connecticut, watching many a military ship float by my window. New London was home to the Coast Guard Academy and sat across the river from a U.S. Navy submarine base.… Continue Reading  

The Sources of Mission Creep in Syria

by Paul R. Pillar The other day we learned that there are four times more U.S. troops in Syria than any earlier official figure had acknowledged. The discrepancy did not get much public attention perhaps because the numbers are small—… Continue Reading  

From “New World Order” to “No World Order”

by John Feffer George H.W. Bush made a bold pronouncement on September 11, 1990. Even though Iraq had recently invaded Kuwait and the collapse of the Soviet Union was still more than a year away, Bush proclaimed the imminent dawn… Continue Reading  

When All the World’s a War…

by Rebecca Gordon Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched;… Continue Reading  

Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

by John W. Dower [This essay is adapted from “Measuring Violence,” the first chapter of John Dower’s new book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two.] On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack… Continue Reading