Civil Liberties In The Wake Of Boston

Are civil liberties once again at risk in the wake of the bombing attack in Boston?

The GOP And The Conspiratorial Mindset

The wacko fringe of the GOP is increasingly finding room in the mainstream of the party.

Why Terrorism Gets More Attention Than Gun Violence

My latest for The National Interest, “Why Terrorists Are Worse Than Guns,” has posted.

Time To Reassess George W. Bush?

There seems to be an effort underway to reassess the legacy of our 43rd President.

The Boston Bombings And The Immigration Reform Debate

For better or worse, the attack in Boston is likely to have an impact on the immigration reform debate.

No, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Not An Enemy Combatant. He Is A Criminal.

The Boston Marathon bomber must be tried in a court of law.

Yes, Bush Administration Used Torture

A bipartisan commission of elder statesmen confirms what we’ve known for years.

Report: U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11

A new report confirms that the United States did engage in torture in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Shooting Sprees vs Organized Terrorist Attacks

We treat violence by lone individuals differently than organized violence. Race, religion, and national origin have nothing to do with that.

Why Terrorist Attacks Are So Rare

Peter Bergen says government crackdowns since the Oklahoma City and 9/11 attacks have made getting bomb making materials harder.

Keep Calm and Carry On

We shouldn’t overreact. But we shouldn’t fool ourselves either: We’re not safe.

Army Denies Purple Heart to Fort Hood Victims (For Now)

The Army has ruled, correctly, that the victims of Major Nidal Hassan are not entitled to the Purple Heart.

The Iraq War

Second thoughts about the Iraq War

Was Afghanistan Worth It?

My latest for The National Interest, “Was Afghanistan Worth It?” takes issue with the Marine commandant’s assessment of that question.

Obama White House Thinks It Can Kill Americans In America

The Obama White House is not ruling out targeted strikes against Americans inside American territory.

War on Terror Status Report

Walter Russell Mead presents his sitrep of the War on Terror.

Distinguished Warfare Medal for Armchair Warriors

American troops may now earn the fourth highest combat medal from the comfort of their desk chair.

America Cramped By Defensiveness?

Is America’s focus on defense weakening the country?

Zero U.S. Troops In Afghanistan After 2014 A Possibility

The idea of completely pulling out of Afghanistan after 2014 is very compelling.

A Different Way Of Handling Disaster Relief

It’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to disaster relief.

Republicans Continue To Have An Image Problem

The GOP’s image problems continue

Three Resign After Devastating Benghazi Report

After an independent investigation blasted State Department leadership for lax security in Benghazi, three officials have resigned.

Obama’s New National Security Team?

While no official announcements have been made, President Obama’s second term national security team appears to be taking shape.

Petraeus Debunks Petraeus Conspiracy Theories

People continue to spread conspiracy theories explaining the “real reason” that David Petraeus’s extra-marital affair became public.

Reconsidering The Petraeus Hagiography

The scandal now surrounding David Petraeus should lead people to reassess his past record.

FBI, DOJ Knew About Petraeus Affair For Months

The David Petraeus/Paula Broadwell story gets curiouser.

In 2012, Democrats Had The Advantage On Foreign Policy

Without question, Barack Obama won the foreign policy debate in the 2012 campaign.

New York Marathon Diverts Scarce Resources After Sandy

Mayor Bloomberg has decided to hold the New York Marathon Sunday even though millions are still without power and the city infrastructure is unable to cope with normal activity.

Hurricane Sandy And The Broken Window Fallacy

Once again, a natural disaster has caused a common economic fallacy re resurface.

On Postponing Elections

Under the right circumstances, it would be possible to postpone a Presidential election.

Foreign Policy Debate Substantive Analysis: Middle East

First in a series of posts looking at the substance of the final presidential debate, ostensibly about foreign policy.