Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

In Defense of Professional Military Education

My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

Military Enlistment Rates by State and Region

The South and Southwest have a much higher military enlistment rate than the Northeast.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season. Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

Sending Europe Mixed Messages

My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

Law Enforcement or War? Both!

My latest collaboration with Butch Bracknell, “Ahmed Abu Khattala and the Miranda-Rights Question,” has posted in The National Interest.

SOCOM Chief’s Rise Not Swift At All

And odd report from Washington Post and Stars and Stripes.

President Obama’s Plan To Arm “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Is A Bad Idea

For some reason, President Obama wants to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

ISIS Threatening To Open A New Front In Lebanon

Is ISIS about to make the situation in the Levant even worse?

Viewing the Sinclair Sexual Assault Case Dispassionately

My latest for The Hill, co-authored with Butch Bracknell: “Explaining the Sinclair demotion.”

Rand Paul, Dick Cheney, And The Foreign Policy Battle Inside The GOP

The Kentucky Senator and former Vice-President are at the front of a battle that will unfold inside the GOP as we head toward 2016.

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant

Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

Jeffrey Sinclair Busted From Brigadier General to Lieutenant Colonel [UPDATED]

The Army is sending a strong message on sexual assault. It picked the wrong poster boy.

Is The Iraq War To Blame For Iraq’s Current Crisis?

Recent events in Iraq have opened up old domestic political arguments in the United States.

President Obama Must Not Act In Iraq Without Congressional Authorization

If President Obama does decide to use military force in Iraq, he should be required to seek Congressional approval beforehand.

Obama Is Not To Blame For The Deterioration Of Iraq, And The U.S. Can’t Fix It

Iraq is falling apart for reasons that have nothing to do with President Obama or his policies.

Fixing Military Sexual Assault the Right Way

Retired Marine lawyer Butch Bracknell and I tackle the subject for The Hill.

Obama Should Own Bergdahl Decision

My latest for War on the Rocks, “HAGEL: CLIMBING OUT FROM UNDER THE BUS,” has posted.

Public Skeptical Of Bergdahl Deal

Thanks largely to Administration mistakes, the Bergdahl deal is not going over well.

Guantanamo Bay Is Not Going To Close

Mostly because of politics, the hopes of some and fears of others will never be realized.

More On Unlawful Command Influence

There’s essentially no analogue in the civilian justice system. Here’s why.

Marine’s Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned Over Command Influence

The President’s well-intentioned campaign against military sex crimes has backfired.

The Right Way To View The Bowe Bergdahl Deal

Trying to make some sense out of a week of outrage.

At Normandy, Obama Continues A Tradition That Reagan Started

For the fourth time in 30 years, an American President spoke at Normandy to honor a day of sacrifice and triumph.

Maybe It Should Have Been Easier For Bowe Bergdahl To Get Out Of Combat

If someone had seen the signals, perhaps Bowe Bergdahl never would’ve wandered off base and gotten captured.

Joseph Dunford Nominated as Next Marine Commandant

Barring shocking developments, General Joe Dunford will be the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Why It Matters That Obama Didn’t Follow The Law In The Bergdahl Release Deal

Good intentions and good results aside, the President’s disrespect for the Rule Of Law should concern everyone.

What Bowe Bergdahl Deserves

Not every soldier is a hero. Not even every POW.

Did Obama Violate The Law With The Bergdahl Release? It Sure Seems Like It

Good intentions aren’t an excuse for failure to follow the law.