The Skeptics

Conservative Hypocrisy on Local Power

Generations of American conservative leaders and intellectuals have stressed the virtue of moving governmental power closer to the people. Special hostility is reserved for measures that centralize authority in Washington, but one often finds resentment in right-wing circles at state mandates that overturn local decisions. The official guiding principle for many conservatives is that government units closest to communities will more accurately and fairly reflect the values of people living in those communities.

The Days of Perpetual War Must End

Since the tragic events of  September 11th, a core tenet of U.S. engagement with the rest of the world has been deploying military force against terrorists abroad and denying them territory from which to launch new attacks. Considerable data is now piling up that proves these nonstop military actions have not squelched the terrorist threat, but have increased risk to the United States.

Fallujah: ISIS's Latest Failure

For more than two years, the residents of Fallujah have been lorded over by the Islamic State, which took control of the city in January 2014 from an understaffed Iraqi security force.

Twenty-nine months later, the Iraqi government is striking back with the goal of retaking ISIS’s most important stronghold in Anbar province. Here are five things to keep in mind:

1.    Fallujah the latest in a string of Defeats for ISIS.

America's Doomed China Strategy

Two developments in the past month indicate that Washington’s mixed policy of engagement and containment (or “congagement”) toward China has begun to tilt more toward containment. The first development was the visit of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to India in mid-April and the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement on military logistics. The other episode is President Obama’s just-completed trip to Vietnam and the announced lifting of the long-standing arms embargo on that country.

Is China Really That Dangerous?

The United States dominates the globe militarily. Washington possesses the most powerful armed forces, accounts for roughly 40 percent of the globe’s military outlays, and is allied with every major industrialized state save China and Russia.

Yet the bipartisan hawks who dominate U.S. foreign policy see threats at every turn. For some, the People’s Republic of China is replacing the Soviet Union as America’s chief adversary. They view another military buildup as the only answer.

Congress Denies Justice to 9/11 Victims' Families

Last week, the United States Senate did something extraordinary: they passed an incredibly important piece of legislation on a bipartisan basis that would make it far easier for the families of 9/11 victims to seek financial damages against foreign nationals who aided and abetted the worst act of mass murder on American soil in modern times.