The Skeptics


 China is becoming more assertive, pressing its claims in the South China Sea and expanding its relationship with Third World states. The Chinese economy is passing that of Japan. Beijing’s military build-up continues. Yet the threat so far posed by the People’s Republic of China, even to Taiwan, is small.

Contradictions and their Consequences in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is still fraught with contradiction. A prime example of this is ISAF forces working with local leaders to ferret out militants. While an ideal strategy on a conceptual level, it is one that often undermines the authority of the central government coalition leaders endeavor to support.

Bait and Switch in Afghanistan

Americans who might wonder just how and why, nearly nine years after 9/11, we are mired in a seemingly endless counterinsurgency campaign/nation-building mission in Afghanistan, need to grasp that this was a classic case of foreign policy “bait and switch.”

The Dilemma of War

The United States is the world's only military superpower, but the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the difficulty in using that power. The U.S. military has an unmatched capability to destroy, but it does not want to cause unintended casualties.

But there is no such thing as immaculate war. The United States faces a dilemma: if it uses its firepower, it will unavoidably inflict unwanted casualties. But if it doesn't use its firepower, it undercuts a principal advantage and arguably exposes U.S. troops to greater risk.

Phony Defense Spending Cuts

If you decide, in winter, to cut your cable bill by $30 to help defray a $50 increase in your monthly heating bill, have you cut household expenses? No, you have shifted expenses around. You can accurately say that you cut spending on cable or even that you are spending more efficiently, but not that you cut household spending.