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David Kilcullen

The Rise and Rise of ISIS

James Denselow | Posted 04.01.2016 | Books
James Denselow

David Kilcullen is a former Australian soldier turned advisor to the US government turned think tank director. He is the author of several fascinating books that have tracked the evolving nature of modern warfare and focused in particular on counter-insurgencies.

Afghan Army: The Few, the Proud, the Unprepared

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Diliberto

Afghans cannot take control in 2011.

War Propaganda: Soldiers Become Pawns For The Powerful

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a Patriotic American and a former Marine, I urge all of us to get realistic about this war. At the rate of 8 billion dollars a month, do Americans want to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 years?

Terrorism: Why They Want to Kill Us

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

There can sometimes be a case for military intervention or use of drones. But the high costs of these tactics must be recognized and weighed. To reduce terrorism, Washington should do less, not more, abroad.

In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Milewski

Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.

The Ill-Logic of the U.S. Predator Drone Campaign

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

That the Obama administration continues to believe its response to the "almost" Taliban attack in New York will "soften up" Pakistan's Taliban after 9 years of softening is a bad omen for America.

Contemplation of Drone Strikes in Quetta Belies Obama's Claim of Just War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The US is rattling a saber about killing people in Quetta, despite all the inevitable civilian death and mass outrage. Such a move would show the shallowness of the "just war" talk in Obama's disgraceful Nobel paean to Mars.

It's Not Science Fiction

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jodie Evans

We all need to raise awareness about these inhumane, unjust military practices funded by our taxes.

US Drone Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Pakistan: "It's Not Moral"

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carne Ross

There are no journalists in Waziristan or the other areas of western Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, so there are therefore no authoritative reports from the ground on the effects of these strikes.

Time to Call Off the Predators?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

No single issue that has fueled the flames of anti-Americanism in Pakistan more than the bombings of their country by our Predator drones.

Striking the Right Balance: The Utility of Drone Attacks in AfPak

Sam Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Black

Finding a way to conduct effective tactical counter-terrorism operations without compromising counterinsurgency in Pakistan or Afghanistan should be a U.S. priority.

Obama Must Learn to Play Cricket

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

Americans began to understand tribal culture and tribal codes of honor and hospitality. And they realized that organizations like Al-Qaeda were antithetical to traditional culture.

Barack: Talk To Us Like Grownups About Terrorism and Save Us From Ourselves

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

When we let shock or panic or a lust for vengeance guide us, we are a greater danger to ourselves than terrorists ever could be. Any terrorists. With any weapon.

Jason Linkins

Rice Adviser: Iraq Invasion Was 'F*cking Stupid' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Washington Independent, Spencer Ackerman continues his enlightening "Rise of the Counterinsurgents" series with "A Counterinsurgency Guide...