Author Archives: Mark Perry

The Army’s Iraq War History: Truth-Telling or Mythmaking?

The military is great at telling us what went wrong but who they blame is more controversial.

Trump’s ‘Eyeball-to-Eyeball’ Orders to the Generals on Syria

Despite the storm and fury, the Syria withdrawal policy is unambiguous and going forward.

Trump’s Decision to Leave Syria Was No ‘Surprise’

To say it was impulsive, or that the entire military opposes it, would be grossly misreading the situation.

Saudi Arabia’s Blood Pact With a Genocidal Strongman

The Saudis and UAE bribed Sudan’s president to send Janjaweed fighters to be cannon fodder in Yemen. It’s not working out.

Why Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed

A new whisper campaign against him is trying to blur the truth: that he criticized certain U.S-Arab alliances, and paid the price.

MacArthur’s Last Stand Against a Winless War

He leaned on JFK to stay out of Vietnam. Had Kennedy survived, might history have been different?

Hired to Drain the Swamp, Fired in Less Than a Year

‘This is the Boeing mafia in all of its glory,’ one DoD official said of John ‘Jay’ Gibson’s mysterious demise.

The Recruitment Problem the Military Doesn’t Want to Talk About

The services are facing a dwindling pool of largely obese, uneducated delinquents. Why?

Veterans Hit a Breaking Point With Trump

The president’s recent VFW appearance was supposed to be an easy win with his base. It was anything but.

The Democratic Party’s Israel Problem

The Secular-Orthodox culture wars have come to America—that’s bad news for a party that takes Jewish-American votes for granted.

America’s Fling With the Kurds Could Cause Turkey and NATO to Split

Critics are alarmed by Ankara’s turn toward Russia and “who lost Turkey” talk is in the air.

Steve Coll’s Directorate S is Disturbing Account of U.S. Mistakes After 9/11

‘Ghost Wars’ author on the secret war behind the war in Afghanistan.

The Political Forces Behind Rex Tillerson’s Firing

After he tried to resolve the Qatar fiasco, top neocons and Gulf operatives decided they wanted him out.

Trump’s Nuke Plan Raising Alarms Among Military Brass

They say strategy led by DoD policy wonks could lead to dangerous nuclear escalation.

Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move

President insisted on his Jerusalem moment, but the impact is forever.

Did Kushner Keep Tillerson in the Dark on Saudi-Lebanon Move?

Efforts by Prince Salman to start a regional crisis backfired, but the drama has left the secretary of state seething.

How Saddam Hussein Predicted America’s Failure in Iraq

One of his top generals provides a window into the former dictator’s mind.

The Dark History of Fear, Inc.

How politically-driven bugaboos distract us from the real monsters.

How the Brass Talked Another President Into a Losing Strategy

Despite tough talk, Trump approach on Afghanistan is no different than 2009.

Exclusive: Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries

Dyncorp, ex-Blackwater CEOs lobby hard, stand to profit.

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