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Christopher Preble


Too often, the Beltway conventional wisdom emerges without careful scrutiny, before the hard questions have been asked.


Cut Defense Spending

We’re breaking the bank. America can’t afford to defend the world any longer.

Leaving Baghdad

We should thank the Iraqi parliament—not President Obama—for setting a timetable to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.

The Pentagon on Defense

Our politicians are delirious when it comes to defense spending—we need to rein in expenditures, and the Pentagon’s budget should be on the chopping block.


The Functions of Conscription

Thomas Ricks's proposal for reinstating a draft is flawed, but he brings up a debate Americans should be having.

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April 19, 2014