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Why a Man Like Donald Trump Should Never Control the Nuclear Launch Codes

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

We tend to forget that everyday the president of the United States controls the most awesome power ever invested in a single human being in the history of humanity: the power to launch a nuclear attack that could conceivably destroy much of humanity.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Russia Has Re-Emerged As a Great Power

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 04.19.2017 | World
Jonathan Adelman

The Western image of Russia and Putin in recent years has been very negative. President Obama has publicly called Vladimir Putin a "schoolboy who slou...

How Presidential War Came Out of the Shadows -- and We Went Into Them

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.

Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Amid all the post-debate chatter, not a single commentator seemed to have a clue when it came to the profound strategic changes encoded in the president's words. Yet for the past four years, the Obama administration has presided over a technological revolution in defense planning.

Overwrought Empire: The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

The more dominant the U.S. military becomes in its ability to destroy and the more its forces are spread across the globe, the more the defeats and semi-defeats pile up, the more the missteps and mistakes grow, the more the strains show.

Revisiting the Clinton Doctrine

Robert Hardaway | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

However one might feel about the Clinton presidency as a whole, one salient fact highlights his two four year terms in office -- namely that he never sent massive contingents of ground troops to deal with a perceived foreign threat.

A Chinese Century? Not Quite

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.

Obama's Military Blind Spot?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama would be wise to read up on Eisenhower, on Nixon, on Edmund Burke and others -- and realize that military answers to problems are leading the US to greater calamity, global irrelevance, and impotence.