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Commentary – why we should stay in Iraq (if they’ll have us)

In my ongoing quest to be perhaps the most unpopular person ever on the National Journal’s  security blog, I’ve posted my argument for why we should keep at least 10,000 troops in Iraq after the current withdrawal deadline expires on December 31st — if the Iraqis are willing to have us: If the Iraqi government can get [...]

Commentary – Obama’s withdrawal from Afghanistan & why counterinsurgency ain’t dead

My latest post on the National Journal expert blog lashes back against the current backlash against counterinsurgency: Counterinsurgency is here to stay. It’s something the U.S. military will have to keep doing around the world for decades to come, because insurgencies that threaten U.S. interests are going to keep occurring around the world for decades [...]

Commentary – Libya, and Why the War Powers Act is a dodge

I just posted my take on whether the War Powers Act applies to our intervention in Libya over at the National Journal expert blog: I call bullshit. Even if the War Powers Act is valid constitutionally – and I don’t think it is – it’s morally a dodge. To be clear: I support intervention in [...]

News – a Memorial Day hat tip from Dartmouth

Professor Andrew Samwick, head of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center and my host for my November 2010 lecture there, graciously plugged Learning From Veterans on his own website as recommended reading for Memorial Day. I’d reciprocally recommend Prof. Samwick’s blog  for any lay person interested in the politics of U.S. economy. Economics is sometimes called “the dismal [...]

Publications – How We Fight, 1776-2006

The military we have today is radically different from what America had for the first two centuries of the Republic. How we got from the Minutemen to Seal Team Six is the subject of a story I wrote for National Journal‘s Independence Day 2006 issue, entitled “How We Fight. It begins: Unpaid for months, the [...]

In Their Own Words: Carla and Matthew Wiese on War, Parenthood, and PTSD

            We were always under the impression that the Air Force would do as much as they could to avoid deploying us simultaneously, especially since we were dual-military and we had a child at home. But obviously we knew that the possibility could arise, and that’s what happened.             It’s quite a bit different taking [...]

In Their Own Words – Erik Crouch and Ryan Schloesser on the battle for Mullah Wasir

They had a whole trench network laid out, they had bunker complexes. They were prepared for us…. It was probably only a couple seconds before one of the enemy from on the hilltop was able to get a shot off and shot the other medic in the head…. …we were taking rounds just over my [...]

Commentary – My daughter’s take on Osama bin Laden

My daughter provided guest commentary on the National Journal blog today, with me doing the actual writing since she can’t write yet: The first person I discussed bin Laden’s death with was my daughter. She was born in 2004 and has known since she could speak full sentences that “our soldiers” are fighting “the terrorists” [...]

Publications – How we got Osama: I called it in 2006

Amidst the national celebration over the well-deserved death of Osama bin Laden, I’ll allow myself one note of self-congratulation. I wrote a story for National Journal back in 2006 called “The Hunt for Osama” that walked through why it was so hard to track down the planet’s Public Enemy Number One and what it would [...]

Commentary – one cheer for American empire

In my latest post on the National Journal expert blog, in the context of a discussion on the deeply disfunctional (dysfunctional?) US-Pakistan relationship, I give a hat tip to hegemony: …we bully and bribe the Pakistanis to do specific things that they don’t want to do. It’s ugly and messy, but in the ugly, messy [...]