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Wasting the Golden Hour in America's Iraq Meltdown

A firsthand account of the U.S. failure to seize the initiative in the early days of the Iraq occupation.

Detention Nation

George W. Bush’s policies toward terror detainees were perhaps some of his most jaw-dropping. Barack Obama came to office promising to change course. So far, he has done little. It remains to be seen whether the president can—or wants to—develop a

The Art of Petraeus

There is no doubt that General Petraeus’s strategies salvaged Iraq. His successes, however, mask a vital policy debate about the future of our armed services.

Voting Blind

John McCain and Barack Obama are busily offering foreign-policy platitudes on the campaign trail, mostly about spreading freedom, working with allies and hunting down terrorists. But what exactly would they do if elected? Digging ourselves out of

Patient Stabilized?

Iraq may be emerging from intensive care, but it could use a bit more stitching up.

Arm Wrestling

As Russia and the United States break the armistice, will China play referee?


The Army's Learning-and-Adapting Dogma

The U.S. military, and especially the U.S. Army, obsess with tactics and tricks at the expense of strategy.

Sequestration Will Hollow Our Military

Poorly targeted defense cuts will have a severe and lasting impact on readiness.

When COIN Came Home

Counterinsurgency experts have often pitched their ideas as a solution to tensions within the United States.


Defaming American Indians: Equating Osama bin Laden With Geronimo

Using the code name Geronimo for the operation to take out Osama bin Laden is more than politically incorrect—it's downright offensive.

Why We Fight

Obama said we're fighting in Afghanistan to eliminate al-Qaeda. Could there be a clearer explanation?

Command Guidance: The War to Win Hearts and Minds

The Taliban are not the country bumpkins we often attribute them to be, but are capable of a sophistication that rivals our most intelligent military officers. We underestimate them at our peril.

Books & Reviews

The McChrystal Way of War

The general was an innovative thinker in the midst of major changes in the Army.

Field Marshal McNamara

Managing the Pentagon and managing wars are two different things, a lesson Robert McNamara learned the hard way.

Imperialism: the Highest Stage of American Capitalism?

Andrew Bacevich's American Empire is really two books in one: one quite good, the other quite inexplicable.

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April 20, 2014