Ghosts of Bagram

Fifteen years and counting …. centuries bear witness. The war in Afghanistan has a history, a more extended history than most every policy maker, pundit and political commentator has confronted directly or in passing. Here, as the war expands, Roger Morris reminds our readers of a brutal past and of Bagram’s ghosts

Another War Announcement

At Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the US President and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for an exquisite dinner in a regal setting. Across the world in the Mediterranean sea, off the coast of Syria, missiles are launched on order. The US President eats and negotiates as another war escalation is about to be announced

Classic Question in the Background

Update: The Republican ‘repeal and replace’ healthcare bill is withdrawn for lack of support. The question in the Capitol chamber, not addressed as it should be, is “guns or butter”. The nation’s priorities being set in spending appropriations and funded social programs will continue to be a skirmish in a war over real security…

Trump’s Nuclear Options

Movement toward a new Cold War is a legacy of the Obama administration with a trillion-dollar US nuclear weapons modernization underway. The nuclear weapons world that the Trump administration will be inheriting and determining is this week’s scan, as the new Commander-in-Chief daily shakes his fist and threatens perceived enemies via his Twitter feed

Hollywood and War

Today, in a series of messages, the subject of an Iranian-US flashpoint in the Persian Gulf was discussed. The War Powers Act came up, as did the preemptive legacy of the “Bush Doctrine”. The threat of provocation and rapid escalation was the take away. What wasn’t discussed is the effect on soldiers, warriors…  

A Time to Remember

As the new administration continues to form its upper echelon of appointees, it’s an appropriate time to recall a core mission in foreign and domestic policy — security as a highest goal. In this pursuit of ‘national security’, it is time to remember how security must be pursued in the 21st century

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