With Super Committee Dead, Showdown Likely Over Defense Cuts

With the Super Committee dead, 2012 is likely to see a fight over the defense cuts set to take place starting in 2013.

What Went Wrong With The GOP

How did Republicans get in this mess?

Obama’s Second Term

“Democratic” pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen argue that President Obama should decline to run for re-election.

Police Violence and Perpetual War

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that police are using tools of violence against protestors.

Fixing the Army (By Ruining It)

Thomas Ricks posts several recommendations for fixing the Army. Most of them are really, really stupid.

Foreign Policy Mostly Missing From Republican Race

The Republican candidates for President have been mostly silent about foreign policy issues. That changes starting tonight.

Class War Within a Class War

It’s the 5% versus the 1% moreso than the 99% against the 1%.

Clark Clifford Republicans

Have Republicans been co-opted by the Big Government they claim to hate?

When It Comes To Foreign Policy, Herman Cain Is Dangerously Clueless

Herman Cain’s foreign policy consists of little more than deliberate ignorance.

The Inevitable “Third Party” Debate Returns

Like clockwork, the arguments for creation of a third party are popping up again.

Military Retirement Debate: Fairness, Sustainability, and Incentives

Debating proposed changes to the US military’s retirement system.

What’s Wrong With Our Government

When the old rules don’t apply anymore, the system breaks down.

Fact Checking Mitt Romney’s Claim That the President Has “Apologized For America”

During last night’s debate, Mitt Romney repeated a charge that has become part of the conservative zeitgeist. But is it true?

Poll: Americans Say Asia More Important To U.S. Interests Than Europe

A new poll shows that Americans are starting to look East.

Bachmann and the Soviet Union

Does Bachmann think the USSR is on the rise? I expect not, but her defense and fiscal policy skills still need some work.

“The Most Pivotal Time In American History,” Or The Least?

Examining the impact of current events requires stepping back from them just a little bit.

China, US Debt, and Power

Joseph Nye explains why China’s “demand the United States address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China’s dollar assets” is really just talk.

Are The Good Times Really Over For Good?

Watching the news and reading the op-eds makes it clear: America is doomed.

Mark Hatfield Dead at 89

Former Oregon governor and long-time US Senator Mark Hatfield has died.

Fight Brewing Over Defense Cuts

The defense spending lobby is already engaging in fear-mongering over very modest defense cuts.

Debt Deal Reveals GOP Split On Defense Spending

The cuts to Pentagon spending in the new debt deal are further revealing a split in the GOP over foreign policy and military spending.

How did we get to Trillion Dollar Deficits?

It is always useful to go inside the numbers.

General John Shalikashvili Dead at 75

A legendary American soldier, General John Shalikashvili, has died.

Wall Street Journal: The House GOP’s Balanced Budget Amendment Is A Bad Idea

One of the GOP’s staunchest media allies isn’t too impressed with their Balanced Budget Amendment.

John F. Kennedy The Worst President Of The 20th Century?

Thomas Ricks makes the case that JFK was the worst President of his century but his argument misses the mark.

Tim Pawlenty’s Foreign Policy Speech And The Neocon Distortion Of Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy speech shows him siding with the hawks, and joining in the neocon distortion of Reagan’s legacy.

What Obama Could Learn From Nixon

One foreign policy analyst argues that President Obama should look to Nixon’s Vietnam withdrawal strategy for ideas on Afghanistan.

Republicans At A Foreign Policy Crossroads

For the first time since the end of World War II, the GOP is wrestling with two diametrically opposed visions of foreign affairs.

A Resurgence From the Religious Left?

Left-wing religious groups are firing salvos against the Republican Party on the basis of Ayn Rand’s “anti-Christian” influence.

Wage Growth Over Past Ten Years Worse Than During Great Depression

The jobs market has been weak for much longer than just the past two years.

President Obama’s Address to Parliament

While President Obama has had some amusing gaffes on his trip to London, including getting the year wrong in the guest book and an awkward toast to the Queen, his speech to Parliament today hit all the right notes.

Mitch Daniels In 2009: GOP Should Stress Issues That Unite, Not Issues That Divide

Part of a speech that Mitch Daniels made in 2009 is setting off a firestorm among some conservative bloggers.

Obama Killed The War Powers Act? No, Congress Did

Once again, Congressional abdication has led to an Executive Branch power grab.

Gingrich: 2012 Biggest Election Since 1860

Newt Gingrich says the coming presidential election will be the most important since the Civil War.

War and Rhetoric

Elias Isquith proclaims my Atlantic essay “How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology” to be “a total disaster.”

Does the U.S. Need a Peer Competitor?

Matt Eckel’s takeaway from my Atlantic piece on How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology is that we need a peer competitor.

Authorization For Libyan War Set To Expire Next Week, Don’t Expect Anyone To Do Anything About It

The 60 day deadline for Presidential discretion under the War Powers Act will expire next week. Congress won’t do anything about it.

How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology

Why the United States has found itself in a seemingly endless series of wars over the past two decades.

Leading From Behind: To Where?

An aide’s compliment about the president “leading from behind” has generated controversy.

Libyan War Coalition One Of The Smallest In Decades

President Obama’s grand coalition against Libya is a lot less than meets the eye.

Congress, The President, And War Powers Under The Constitution

Operation Odyssey Dawn has resurrected the eternal battle over what limits there are, and should be, on the President’s ability to use military force without Congressional authorization.

America The Ignorant

Another survey shows that Americans don’t know much about their own history, but does it really matter?

The Intervener’s Dilemma

There are many opportunities to go to war. Here’s a guide for choosing between them.

Obama’s Road to War

Did President Obama pull off a diplomatic masterstroke? Or is he muddling through?

Twitter Standard Time

The CNN Effect has given away to Twitter Standard Time.

US President Barack Obama, with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen (C), speaks alongside the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) after meetings at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, January 28, 2009. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama, with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen (C), speaks alongside the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) after meetings at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, January 28, 2009. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Military Leadership Too White and Male?

The top ranks of the military are whiter and decidedly more male than the country as a whole. Should that change?

Obama Derangement Syndrome And The American Right

The American right has become infected with the notion that Barack Obama isn’t just wrong, but evil. That won’t be healthy in the long run.