Article Archive

Refugees, Rubble, Repeat

In an unpredictable year, the persistence of devastation is a constant.

January 25, 2016

The Fog of Intelligence

Sprawling spy agencies are focused on the Middle East, but officials are still constantly caught off guard there.

October 15, 2015

American Terrordome

Fear mongering by government officials and credulous media turns citizens into frightened spectators.

October 7, 2014

How the U.S. Rewards Intelligence Failures

The constantly surprised multi-billion dollar American spy machine turns every shortcoming into a reason to expand it.

September 30, 2014

The Big Book of Empire

Global Trends 2030 is a portrait of an aging, overweight intelligence community.

January 3, 2013

The Invisible Government, Revealed

The intelligence community is a state within a state.

December 17, 2012

Fifty Shades of Khaki

Before Paula Broadwell, scads of pundits, reporters, and politicians were already in bed with Petraeus.

November 20, 2012

How Not to Change the World

A do-nothing election means a mandate for the status quo

November 13, 2012

Disaster on Autopilot

For our foreign policy elites, military action is the default response.

October 9, 2012

Where You Least Expect Them

Can you answer these three questions about the American way of war? The answers will surprise you.

September 13, 2012

Afghanistan: Leave It or Lose It

Washington’s drawdown is a myth, but green-on-blue attacks may hasten our exit.

August 27, 2012

In Afghanistan, an Aurora Every Week

Attacks on U.S. troops by the locals we’re training show how badly the Afghan mission has failed.

July 31, 2012

Senseless Security

Our post-9/11 defense apparatus is a joke–and the joke’s on us.

July 19, 2012

Diplomacy at Gunpoint

Washington’s military mindset goes beyond the armed forces.

July 5, 2012

The Price of Life — Afghan and American

How would we respond to “collateral damage” from terror-war tactics at home?

June 18, 2012

The Church of St. Drone

The deadly rites of the president and his apostles

June 5, 2012

How to Forget on Memorial Day

Whistling past the graveyard of empires

May 24, 2012

The Obama Contradiction

He has few constraints (except those he’s internalized). No one can stop …

April 30, 2012

The End in Afghanistan?

From TomDispatch: The endgame for the U.S. comes into view

March 1, 2012

Remotely Piloted War

From Tomdispatch: How drone war became the American way of life In …

February 23, 2012