To fight the Taliban, the United States created a new generation of abusive strongmen that are now running rampant.
New federal restrictions on painkillers separate wounded warriors from needed treatment with bureaucratic chasms.
Victims of the private contractors responsible for the Iraq war’s worst prison abuses are finally being granted standing to sue.
The privatization of America’s wars swells the ranks of armies for hire across the globe.
While real whistleblowers go to jail, the teflon general gets made a martyr to Obama’s war on leaks.
Federal departments from the USDA to Education are starting to arm their inspectors general for law enforcement.
The Kerry-brokered Afghan power-sharing agreement hasn’t resolved any problems, or appointed any ministers.
Mark Udall fought for privacy and against Iraq, and can expose CIA torture in his final days in the Senate.
Hillary Clinton prepares to launch the most formidable hawkish presidential campaign in a generation.
John Nagl’s counterinsurgency failed its way to popularity before, and is now trying to make a comeback.
Careerist U.S. generals touted a toothless military consumed from the start by corruption and split loyalties.
Far from the ISIS war, American troops and supplies are helping fight the gruesome virus’s historic outbreak.
The ramp-up against ISIS is bringing back the ugliest features of post-9/11 America.
From the ISIS insurgency to Kurdish independence, Iraqi politics depend on who controls the crude.
The surge in child border crossings is only the latest fallout from a failed prohibition policy.
Matthew Hoh told the hard truths about Afghanistan that D.C. didn’t want to hear, and he’s still paying the price.
A fragile Afghan unity could be shattered by allegations of election fraud.
Echoes of Vietnam haunt a new generation of returned American soldiers.
Over a decade’s worth of pent-up partisanship and war anxieties have been unleashed on the recovered soldier.
As scandal sweeps the VA, real reform will come from institutional transformation, not more number games.