Realism & Restraint

Why Tiny Qatar May Be Our Greatest Hope in the Iran Crisis

No matter what Saudi Arabia and Israel’s friends in Washington say.

McMaster Uses Worn Vietnam Trope to Accuse Americans of Defeatism

After nearly 18 years in Afghanistan, the people know the war is lost. When will Washington elites let go?

From Boeing to E-Ring: Shanahan is Industry’s Man in the Pentagon

Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense could be the ultimate fox in the henhouse.

Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran?

Recently dispatched B-52s and ships are an act of theatrical bravado that ignore the real threat.

The Stoic Grief of the Gold Star Mothers

This Mother’s Day, let’s remember those who have sacrificed so much in our wars of choice.

Making Sense of American-Made and Fueled Bombs in Yemen

Nearly one third of coalition airstrikes have targeted civilians in schools, hospitals, and markets.

The Left Needs to Stop Crushing on the Generals

Just because liberals don’t like Trump doesn’t mean the brass are their saviors—or even good strategists.

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The 18-year-old war on terror comes home as Eddie Gallagher faces charges of killing civilians and trying to cover it up.

Putin, Xi, Assad, and Maduro vs. the American Hegemon

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America Just Declared War on Iran and Nobody Blinked

After a destabilizing move by Trump, it’s no longer a question of if U.S. forces will die but when.