The Skeptics

How to Spot an Iran Nuclear Deal Violation

For President Barack Obama and his national security team, this past July, August, and September were some of the most consequential for the administration’s foreign policy legacy. It was in these three short months where the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement of his second term, the successful completion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was being actively debated, kicked around and criticized by members of Congress.

The Taliban's Return Is the Opposite of 'Victory'

It has been a common refrain among defense and foreign policy opinion makers over the years to warn that if the U.S. doesn’t maintain a muscular foreign policy, it “sends a message of weakness” to our enemies and puts our security at risk. The stark and increasingly undeniable evidence, however, exposes the truth to be quite the opposite. Such arguments are tantamount to saying with sincerity that the best way to put out a house fire is by dousing it with gasoline.

Fight Against ISIS Cannot Be Won Militarily

Neither the Islamic State (ISIS) nor other well-funded and organized violent radical groups are likely to be defeated at an acceptable cost by Western military power. Recent historical experience and an analysis of current conditions strongly reinforces this conclusion. The matter is not hopeless, however. An alternative strategy pitting the West’s greatest strengths against the radical group’s greatest vulnerabilities offers the possibility for significantly diminishing the terrorist threat to America.

Is Pentagon Spending Really Leading to ‘Failure’ and ‘Regret’?

Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the U.S. military. Indeed, the chants of neoconservatives on Capitol Hill have grown quite loud: more military spending, more personnel, more weapons. A recent RAND Corporation report also warned that failing to deploy a large enough military could “lead to a failure of the U.S. strategy and subsequent regret.”

Marco Rubio Desperately Plays the 'Isolationist' Card

After claiming a special expertise in foreign policy, GOP presidential wannabe Marco Rubio finds himself under fire because of his neoconservative tendencies. He’s responded in the usual way for someone whose policies would keep America perpetually at war: accuse his critics of being “isolationists.”