A US Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

In our military-revering culture, it’s a strange thing for a president to start a war of words with the grieving families of slain soldiers. Strange, yes. But from Donald Trump’s campaign season feud with the parents of Humayun Khan, who died protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, to his recent feud with the mourning widow of … Continue reading “A US Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?”

A Bipartisan Vote To Put the Brakes on War

One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign – a short list, I’ll admit – was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the warmongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed up George W. Bush’s legacy this way: “We’ve been in the Middle East for 15 years, … Continue reading “A Bipartisan Vote To Put the Brakes on War”

The Sacrifice Captain Khan Shouldn’t Have Had To Make

It was impossible not to be moved as Khizr and Ghazala Khan, two Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, stood before the Democratic National Convention and mourned their son Humayan, a U.S. soldier who’d been killed in Iraq. Humayan, his grieving father recalled, was “the best of America.” Yet if it were up to Donald Trump, Khan … Continue reading “The Sacrifice Captain Khan Shouldn’t Have Had To Make”

Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution

The Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it By Peter Certo “Hillary Clinton declared that ISIS “must be destroyed” with “all of the tools at our disposal.” Ted Cruz called for “overwhelming air power” and condemned the Obama administration for having … Continue reading “Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution”

5 Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama’s ISIS War

At long last, the Obama administration has submitted a draft resolution to Congress that would authorize the ongoing U.S.-led military intervention against the Islamic State, or ISIS. The effort comes more than six months after the U.S. began bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Since then, some 3,000 U.S. troops have been ordered to Iraq, … Continue reading “5 Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama’s ISIS War”

On the Fence About Syria? Read This!

Some progressives remain conflicted about how the United States should respond to Syria’s increasingly violent civil war. This internal division has only deepened as the Obama administration considers launching a military strike on Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical attack by regime forces on civilians last month. Many progressives are rightly skeptical about involving the … Continue reading “On the Fence About Syria? Read This!”