Peace and Security

Operation Endless War

Operation Endless War

Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would finally end by New Year’s Day. Put away that champagne. A flock of screeching war hawks brought heavy political pressure...

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The Pentagon’s Fiscal Forecast: Slushy

The Pentagon’s Fiscal Forecast: Slushy

The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year. That may sound like a lot of money. But that figure doesn’t even count the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar slush fund — known to policy wonks as the "Overseas...

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Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis

Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis

Maybe you think the U.S. air war on the Islamic State is a fine plan. Maybe you don’t. Either way, have you considered how little Washington’s latest military foray in the Middle East has to do with America’s welfare? In case you haven’t heard, shock and awe are out...

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The First Casualty of War

The First Casualty of War

Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: "The first casualty when war comes is truth." Actually, in America's recent wars, officials have slaughtered the truth even before the fighting. The Bush-Cheney regime hustled America into its...

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Burying the Hatchet with Iran

Burying the Hatchet with Iran

Don't tell anyone, but the United States and Iran are getting closer — perhaps closer than ever — to letting go of 35 years of enmity. No, Washington and Tehran aren't going to be BFFs or anything. But they do share a common interest in rolling back the so-called...

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Afghanistan’s Poppy Output Hits New Highs

Afghanistan’s Poppy Output Hits New Highs

I have breaking news from the frontlines of the war. No, not the new war in Iraq. That really is Iraq War III for us — our nation's third trip there in just 25 years. Maybe the third try will be the charm, though I really don't think there's anything charming about...

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What Would the Founders Do?

What Would the Founders Do?

The soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War were our first veterans, the only cohort of U.S. warriors who took up arms to create rather than defend a country. If they lost, it meant treason. Having won, the nation treated them with a special reverence, right?...

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