Article Archive

America’s Warlords in Afghanistan

To fight the Taliban, the United States created a new generation of abusive strongmen that are now running rampant.

March 20, 2015

The DEA Strands Veterans

New federal restrictions on painkillers separate wounded warriors from needed treatment with bureaucratic chasms.

March 6, 2015

Abu Ghraib Goes to Court

Victims of the private contractors responsible for the Iraq war’s worst prison abuses are finally being granted standing to sue.

February 19, 2015

A Blackwater World Order

The privatization of America’s wars swells the ranks of armies for hire across the globe.

February 6, 2015

David Petraeus’s Double Standard

While real whistleblowers go to jail, the teflon general gets made a martyr to Obama’s war on leaks.

January 22, 2015

Bureaucrats With Berettas

Federal departments from the USDA to Education are starting to arm their inspectors general for law enforcement.

January 13, 2015

Afghanistan’s Still-Broken Government

The Kerry-brokered Afghan power-sharing agreement hasn’t resolved any problems, or appointed any ministers.

December 23, 2014

Civil Liberties Lose a Champion

Mark Udall fought for privacy and against Iraq, and can expose CIA torture in his final days in the Senate.

December 5, 2014

The Military-Industrial Candidate

Hillary Clinton prepares to launch the most formidable hawkish presidential campaign in a generation.

November 20, 2014

Revenge of the COIN Doctrine

John Nagl’s counterinsurgency failed its way to popularity before, and is now trying to make a comeback.

October 31, 2014

The Iraqi Army Never Was

Careerist U.S. generals touted a toothless military consumed from the start by corruption and split loyalties.

October 9, 2014

The Army Attacks Ebola

Far from the ISIS war, American troops and supplies are helping fight the gruesome virus’s historic outbreak.

September 25, 2014

Islamophobia Makes a Comeback

The ramp-up against ISIS is bringing back the ugliest features of post-9/11 America.

September 11, 2014

How Oil Rules Iraq

From the ISIS insurgency to Kurdish independence, Iraqi politics depend on who controls the crude.

August 28, 2014

End the Drug War, Save the Children

The surge in child border crossings is only the latest fallout from a failed prohibition policy.

August 12, 2014

Washington Doesn’t Forgive Whistleblowers

Matthew Hoh told the hard truths about Afghanistan that D.C. didn’t want to hear, and he’s still paying the price.

July 30, 2014

Afghanistan’s Deadly Indecision

A fragile Afghan unity could be shattered by allegations of election fraud.

July 10, 2014

Iraq Vets Ask: Was It Worth It?

Echoes of Vietnam haunt a new generation of returned American soldiers.

June 27, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl Takes Obama’s Heat

Over a decade’s worth of pent-up partisanship and war anxieties have been unleashed on the recovered soldier.

June 13, 2014

Memorial Day Nightmare

As scandal sweeps the VA, real reform will come from institutional transformation, not more number games.

May 23, 2014