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.”
Crisis of Confidence: Pakistan’s Floods Imperil the Zardari Government
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.
Muslims Praying in the Pentagon. Who Knew?
Two stories that cropped up today call attention to the fact that -- for nearly eight years -- Muslims have been praying on "sacred ground" a few steps away from where American Airlines Flight 77 slammed a giant hole in the Pentagon on September 11th.
Afghanistan as Obama’s War: What was the President Thinking?
Afghanistan has become Barack Obama’s war. More Americans have died there over the last year as died during the roughly seven years of conflict under George W. Bush. As of today:
From the Guys Who Brought You the War in Iraq
From Politico's "Morning Defense" newsletter comes this troubling tidbit:
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.