The Skeptics

The U.S. Government May Count Civilian Drone Deaths More Carefully

President Barack Obama deserves a lot of credit for finally admitting the obvious to the American people: the U.S. government has conducted hundreds upon hundreds of airstrikes on terrorist targets from remotely-piloted aircraft, popularly referred to as drones. The drones are deployed in order to disrupt ongoing plots, take out key commanders from the battlefield and accelerate military pressure to keep terrorist organizations more concerned with their physical safety rather than with their plans.

The End of the Beginning of Hillary Clinton's Email Problem

The personal email accounts and private servers are no longer a legal issue. No classified material was, in the view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, deliberately exposed on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, and no criminal charges will be filed by the Justice Department for mishandling classified information. It may seem like it’s now smooth sailing for Clinton’s presidential campaign, a political machine of monstrous proportions that is staring at an opponent in Donald Trump who can’t even bring together the party he represents.

The Chilcot Inquiry Shows Why the Iraq War Still Matters

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union threatens to overshadow the inquest into another far-reaching diplomatic choice, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and Britain’s part in it. Brexit has unleashed a new season of rancor over the future of Britain and Europe. It may distract the public from what had been the gravest foreign-policy crisis since Suez. Iraq is likely to feature in the British Labor Party’s bitter leadership contest.

It's Time for America to Disengage From the Middle East

The Orlando and San Bernardino shootings have led important personalities to make several suggestions, both workable and unworkable. These range from banning the entry of Muslim immigrants into the United States to tighter gun control. However, hardly anyone seems to have asked the fundamental question: why have some radicalized inhabitants of broader Middle Eastern origin developed such hatred for Americans that they are willing not only to inflict tremendous suffering on innocent civilians, but also to lay down their own lives in the process?

Nationalism Isn't Replacing Globalism

Much of the post-Brexit and primary election conventional wisdom seems to be stuck in a political narrative in which the Brexit vote and the rise of Trumpism in the United States are seen as symbols of the populist revolution. These symbols are combined with a nationalist tide has been sweeping not only the United Kingdom and the United States, but also many other parts of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, France, The Netherlands and Scandinavia, not to mention, Russia, Turkey, India and Israel.

The Benghazi Report Misses the Real Scandal of Libya

The much-anticipated report by the House Select Committee regarding the 2012 Benghazi incident in which U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed proved to be decidedly anti-climactic. Despite years of GOP partisan hype and the length of the report (some eight hundred pages), there was no “smoking gun” proving negligence on the part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or blatant deception on her part about the tragedy.

5 Attitude Adjustments America's Foreign-Policy Leaders Need Now

I’ve often railed against the foreign policy elite in this country and the often illogical and ineffective plans they support. But it occurs to me there is a much bigger problem at play. It’s not merely a matter of a flawed policy here or a bad decision there. The heart of the problem is much deeper. The majority of America’s increasingly defective foreign policies grow out of an unsustainable and flawed worldview.

Stop Comparing Every Angry Dictator to Hitler

Foreign policy elites are fond of citing philosopher George Santayana that those “who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In the political arena and popular culture, his observation is typically further simplified to the adage “history repeats itself.” But that cliché is dangerously inaccurate. History never truly repeats itself. Every era is different in crucial ways.