The Skeptics

Another New Skeptic

We are pleased to introduce our third new contributor to the Skeptics, Brendan Green.

Brendan Rittenhouse Green is the Stanley Kaplan Fellow in Political Science and Leadership Studies at Williams College. He holds an A.B in political science from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D in political science from MIT. Brendan writes on international relations theory, national security policy, and military behavior. He is a strong supporter of the Cleveland Indians, reducing American commitments abroad, and other lost causes.

We are excited to have Brendan on board.

Why Can’t Obama Buy a Vowel?

By most measures, President Obama has enjoyed more foreign policy success than his predecessor. As promised, Obama managed the draw down of troops in Iraq without getting the U.S. dragged back into Iraqi politics, clearly something the American public supports. As a follow on act, he ordered the raid that brought down bin Laden and sent al Qaeda reeling, and announced the timeline for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Again, both things that Americans have long agreed were necessary. Most recently, of course, Obama gets some credit for U.S.