Really, Really Unessential Government Personnel

90 percent of DoD civilians will go back to work soon. What message does that send?

Defense Department To Recall Most Furloughed Civilians Back To Work

The Pentagon is recalling up to 300,000 furloughed civilian employees on the same day that Congress voted to pay all furloughed employees when the government reopens.

NFL Games for Deployed Troops Stopped During Shutdown

The NFL donates its game broadcasts to troops deployed in harm’s way but they still won’t get to see them during the shutdown.

Army Cracks Down on Tattoos

My latest for Defense One, “The Army’s Misguided Crackdown on Tattoos,” has posted.

Syria and Civil-Military Relations

My latest for The Atlantic, “It Isn’t the Military’s Place to Weigh In on the Syria Debate,” has posted.

Obama’s Syria Plan As Confused As Ever

President Obama’s plans in Syria are as unclear as they were before he spoke last night.

Public Remains Deeply Opposed To Military Action In Syria

Even before the Russian curve ball, the public opposition to military strikes on Syria was mounting.

Syria And The “Isolationist” Smear

Opposing interventionism and unnecessary and unwise military engagements is not isolationism.

Are The Russians About To Outsmart Obama And Kerry On Syria?

A throwaway comment by John Kerry in London has led to some interesting diplomatic developments.

Obama Facing Uphill Battle Over Syria Resolution

Heading into an intense week of Congressional lobbying, the odds still seem against the Administration on Syria.

DoD Needs Real Strategic Review

“No More Baby Steps,” my first piece for Defense News, has posted.

Taking Away Assad’s Spoon and Giving Him a Fork

f Assad is eating Cheerios, we’re going to take away his spoon and give him a fork.

Can War Compete with Football, iPhones, and TV?

President Obama is trying to launch a war but there’s a lot of competition for attention.

Vote Counts In Congress Not Looking Good For President Obama

With Congress coming back Monday, the prospective vote counts are decidedly against authorizing military force against Syria.

What Would Obama Do If Congress Says No On Syria?

Given that the vote count seems to be heading that way, this is a question worth examination.

No House Vote On Syria Resolution If Votes Aren’t There?

Would House Republicans really defer from voting on a Syria resolution to prevent embarrassing the President on the world stage?

Has Obama Just Undermined His Own Case For Attacking Syria?

The President has admitted that there is no imminent threat to the United States in Syria.

Numbers In House Continue To Trend Against Authorizing Syrian Military Strikes

Things aren’t looking good for President Obama in the House of Representatives.

“Sending A Message” To Iran Is Not A Good Reason To Attack Syria

Bombing Country B to “send a message” to Country A is not a valid argument for bombing Country B.

Barack Obama: Right About Iraq, Wrong About Syria

President Obama seems to have forgotten the words of a certain Illinois State Senator back in 2002.

Syria Mission Creep

Is U.S. planning against Syria moving beyond just chemical weapons?

Obama: “I Didn’t Set A Red Line”

President Obama seems to want to forget his red line.

Senate To Consider Syria AUMF With Time Limits, No Ground Troops

A proposed Syria authorization being considered in the Senate places several limits on Presidential authority to act, but it’s unclear if those limits can actually work.

Boehner, Cantor, Pelosi All Support Obama On Syria Strikes

Not surprisingly, Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are lining up behind the President in the debate over Syria.

Air Force Bombs Maryland Tavern

The Maryland Air National Guard bombed Darlene’s Tavern. Oops.

If We Do Attack Syria, What’s Next?

Some questions that the Administration needs to answer before attacking Syria.

The Problem of Secrecy

Persuasion is sometimes an important part of being president.

Coalition of the Willing Forming for Syria Strikes

The United States will go to war without UN or NATO approval.

White House: Possible Military Strikes Not Aimed At Regime Change In Syria

The White House confirmed today that the goal of any military intervention in Syria would be very limited. Which makes one wonder what the point of doing anything actually is.

VA Gave Bonuses For Shoddy Claim Processing

The VA created an incentive system that rewarded fast, half-assed claim processing that denied complicated requests.

Don’t Support the Troops?

Virginia Tech English prof Steven Salaita implores us to “Stop saying ‘support the troops.'”