Realism & Restraint

Russia Sure Behaves Strangely for a Country Bent on Conquest

Its conduct has been abrasive and aggressive, but there’s no evidence that Moscow harbors expansionist ambitions.

How Trump Thwarted Calculated Israeli Effort to Keep U.S. in Syria

They worked hard only to have their plans scuttled. But don’t expect them to stop the pressure.

The Temptation for Preventative War Just Won’t Go Away

The neoconservatives keep going back to World War II to argue for intervention. A new book throws cold water on their case.

$100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt

The meaning of ‘friendship’ in Riyadh’s case has been distorted beyond all reality.

Why the United States Won’t Be Able to Quit Syria

Despite the troop withdrawal, Trump and the establishment remain committed to an anti-Iranian agenda.

Afghanistan, the Longest War in American History

The issue is not how much we invested and wasted in 17 years, but whether spending more in the future can be justified.

Let the War Vote Go to Congress Now

Critics should stop shouting at Trump and take their complaints over Syria to Capitol Hill where they belong.

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Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record

His national security team had been trying to box him in like every other president. But he called their bluff.

NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia

Putin is responding to the West’s aggressive actions, not the other way around.

Mattis Marks End of the Global War on Terror

He is an artifact of a failed war policy and his departure was a long time coming.

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

For a brief moment in 1914, the guns went silent and the men risked court martial to play soccer, smoke and sing—with the other side.

How the Gulf War Gave Us the Antiwar Right

A scrappy libertarian-conservative group forged a path and opposed H.W. Bush’s signature conflict.

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.

Robert Kagan’s Jungle Book of Forever War

Not satisfied with Vietnam, Iraq, and our current Afghanistan policy failures, this neoconservative pines for the liberal world order.

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.

America Is Headed For Military Defeat in Afghanistan

It is time to acknowledge this is more than political. We can lose on the battlefield, and it’s happening right now.