The Skeptics

The Case Against More U.S. Military Advisors

One of the hallmarks of America’s strategy to help friendly militaries successfully fend off rebels or insurgents has been providing U.S. military advisors and trainers. In recent years we have sent trainers and advisors into Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq again, and to numerous “moderate rebel” groups in Syria. The belief behind this practice is that sending U.S. advisors to train other nations’ militaries reduces the need to send U.S. service members to fight overseas while improving the capabilities of the foreign troops.

Will Paul Ryan Lead Congress to a New War Authorization?

On Capitol Hill, as in life, it usually takes a strong-willed leader to compel a group of people to get things done. In Congress, finding that kind of leadership can be an immensely difficult thing to do. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives don’t have a habit of coming together on politically controversial subjects important for the country. Indeed, John Boehner’s resignation as Speaker of the House last fall is illustrative of how high the cost of leadership can be: the loss of one’s job.

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