Comey’s Baffling Claims

James comey
Most of us should take care as we try to make sense of FBI director James Comey’s statement today explaining his (or the FBI’s) decision to recommend against indicting Hillary Clinton.…
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The Pentagon’s Misplaced Priorities

David Petraeus
The American military campaign against ISIS is advancing so slowly that the “caliphate” is certain to outlast the Obama presidency. The U.S. military continues to reel from budget cuts. And…
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A Pardon for Petraeus?

David Petraeus’s acceptance of a plea bargain–he pled guilty to the unauthorized sharing of classified information in return for paying a fine of $40,000 and serving two year of probation–has…
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Prosecute Petraeus?

The possibility of prosecution continues to hang over Gen. David Petraeus, whom federal prosecutors appear prepared to indict on charges that he leaked classified information to his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
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Why Can’t the Iraqi Army Fight?

I hadn’t seen this article when it came out, but the Center for American Progress’s Brian Katulis’s always excellent national-security twitter feed pointed me to it. Basically, the Los Angeles…
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Syria: What Might Have Been

The Obama administration, like its predecessors, has used strategic leaks to the press to buttress arguments in which officials are (theoretically) hamstrung by secrecy laws. Usually the Obama administration has…
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Army Turning Its Back on COIN?

The U.S. Army has been trying to resist the budget axe by citing to policymakers the lessons of history. Army leaders argue, rightly, that it doesn’t make sense to cut…
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What Kind of Iraq Did Obama Inherit?

A very intense debate has broken out about who, from the American side of things, is responsible for the unfolding disaster in Iraq: President Obama or his immediate predecessor. That…
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Don’t Appease Terror in Iraq

In the wake of the joint Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Baathist seizure of Mosul, Tikrit, and Beiji, the knives have been out for Prime Minister Nouri…
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