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Why Did the Iraqi Army Collapse So Easily?
As it turns out, American efforts to create foreign armies almost always fail.
Thu Oct. 16, 2014 5:00 AM EDT
America Is Addicted To Bombing. Does It Even Work?
The military continues to use failed tactics—why does it expect a different result?
Tue Aug. 19, 2014 4:33 PM EDT
Ex–Air Force Lt. Colonel: You've Been Drafted and You Don’t Even Know It
“I’ve been out of the military for nearly a decade, and yet I feel more militarized today than when I wore a uniform.”
Thu Jun. 12, 2014 6:32 PM EDT
Why War Is the "New Normal" in America
The government may shutdown, but the military continues.
Mon Oct. 21, 2013 2:07 PM EDT
Drone Warfare Isn't Cheap, and it Isn't Targeted
The idea that drones can make war better is part of a longstanding myth about air power.
Mon Mar. 25, 2013 4:25 PM EDT
America Needs to Stop Sucking Up to Generals
A former army man reflects on generals who misbehave and the media that loves them anyway.
Thu Nov. 29, 2012 1:05 PM EST
We're Number One in Global Weapons Sales
But at what cost to ourselves and the rest of the world?
Tue Jan. 24, 2012 5:22 PM EST
Our Remote Wars Are Hitting Home
America's wars may be fought in distant countries, but they've weakened our military, drained our treasury, and eroded our freedoms.
Thu Dec. 8, 2011 3:01 PM EST
How the US Military and Government Are Like Siamese Twins Sharing the Same Brain
Tue Jun. 14, 2011 7:04 PM EDT
The Crash and Burn of Old Regimes
Washington's court culture and its endless wars.
Thu May. 12, 2011 3:01 PM EDT
Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire
What it means when we say we have the world’s finest fighting force.
Thu Jan. 6, 2011 2:34 PM EST
The Face of War (Don't Look!)
Ironically, the new isolationism—turning away from war’s horrific realities—may actually just lead to more war.
Mon Nov. 1, 2010 12:26 PM EDT
"Our American Heroes"
Why it’s wrong to equate military service with heroism.
Thu Jul. 22, 2010 2:34 PM EDT
Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures
Seven reasons why we can’t stop making war.
Thu Jul. 8, 2010 1:58 PM EDT
Doubling Down in Afghanistan
Why we refuse to fold a losing hand.
Thu Jun. 3, 2010 1:17 PM EDT
How fears of socialism and fascism hide naked theft.
Tue Apr. 20, 2010 3:47 PM EDT
The Pentagon Church Militant and Us
The top five questions we should ask the Pentagon.
Thu Mar. 18, 2010 2:02 PM EDT
The US Military's German Fetish
Loving the German war machine to death.
Thu Feb. 18, 2010 2:07 PM EST
A Very American Coup
Coming soon to a hometown near you.
Wed Jan. 20, 2010 7:00 AM EST
Grinding Down the US Army
The price of pushing our troops too far.
Wed Dec. 16, 2009 1:34 PM EST
Obama at the Precipice
Tough guys don't need to dance in Afghanistan.
Mon Oct. 12, 2009 11:52 AM EDT
Whatever Happened to Gary Cooper?
A seven-step program to return America to a quieter, less muscular, patriotism.
Thu Sep. 3, 2009 12:46 PM EDT
Educating Ourselves to Oblivion
Dire headlines about the failure of the American education system fail to address a fundamental question: What is education for?
Thu May. 28, 2009 4:16 PM EDT
Déjà Vu All Over Again in Afghanistan
Seven lessons Obama could learn from Vietnam author Mary McCarthy
Fri Apr. 17, 2009 12:18 PM EDT
Affirming Our Prime Directive
Early signs are not good when it comes to the latest Obama-led Ameriprise.
Thu Mar. 26, 2009 12:20 PM EDT
Whose Military Is It Anyway?
Our military may not yet be a foreign legion—but it's getting there.
Tue Feb. 17, 2009 1:33 PM EST
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