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Senators Open Back Door for War With Iran

Kate Gould | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Gould

Nearly half of the Senate has signed on to what is nicknamed the "Back Door to War" resolution, which calls for the U.S. to pledge military support for a potential Israeli attack on Iran. This resolution could be a precursor to a full-on authorization of military force.

Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq... (Doh)... I Mean Iran

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.08.2012 | Home
Nicolas J.S. Davies

Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.

Dan Froomkin

In Iraq, An Uneasy Ending To A Misbegotten War | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama announced an imminent end to the American war in Iraq on Friday, long-time critics looked back on a nearly nin...

Federal Bureaucracy and the Price of Integrity

Alma Katsu | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC
Alma Katsu

I haven't read Paul Pillar's latest book, but I will. As a matter of fact, of the glut of books that examines U.S. foreign policy post-9/11, Pillar's book will probably be the only one that I will read.

Afghan Army: The Few, the Proud, the Unprepared

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jake Diliberto

Afghans cannot take control in 2011.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Naiman

They may not be useful for making posters for a demonstration. But for lobbying Congressional staff or making other presentations to people not already on our side, the arguments of the Afghanistan Study Group are likely to be useful.

Cordesman Game Show: So You Think You Can Win This War?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

You really think you can dance WIN THIS WAR?? -- Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy (not really; just hypothetically) ...

Is Team Obama Really Rethinking Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Naiman

Withdrawing our forces does not mean the U.S. will have zero influence in Afghanistan. The U.S. can use political and diplomatic tools to work to ensure that a U.S. withdrawal is not followed by a Taliban military conquest.

Senator Kerry Finds A War With Which He Can Flirt

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

If you're looking for the man who once asked, "how do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" you better keep looking. The senator seems to have left him behind.