Tag: National Security

Was the Soleimani Killing a Policy Success?

An Iranian holds a picture of General Qasem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, as people gather to mourn him in Tehran, Iran, January 4, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters)Trump’s action rid the world of an effective terror master, and Soleimani’s death is likely to be at least a short-term setback for Iran’s imperial ambitions.

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Iran’s Options in a Showdown with America Are All Bad

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2008 (Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)Trump governs the tempo of the confrontation.

After losing its top strategist, military commander, and arch-terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian theocracy is weighing responses.

One, Iran can quiet down and cease military provocations.

After attacking tankers off its coast, destroying an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, shooting down a U.S.

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Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

101st Airborne troops move out of Bastogne, Belgium, December 31, 1944. (US Army Center of Military History)The American victory can remind us that when calamities strike, the status quo is not always equipped to rise to the challenge.

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history.

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A Russian Under Every Bed

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)After Trump’s election, his opponents took a sudden dislike to the Russians they once saw as peace partners

The three-year-long effort to abort the Trump presidency — now culminating with a manipulated impeachment effort — has warped U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

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Another Bright Shining Lie

We had a system in Afghanistan when I was with the Army: “red, amber, green.” The particulars differed slightly from brigade to brigade—some used different fonts and colors to measure local gradations of progress on maps or Powerpoint slides, with slightly differing ways of measuring progress—but the idea was pretty commonplace: Red was used on these slides to show areas under Taliban control.

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Duncan Hunter Did Something Right

Congressman Duncan Hunter seemed in no hurry to get back inside to the Christmas party at a Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant thrown by a Norwegian weapons company, so we each lit up another cigarette, and he called me a bitch for smoking Marlboro Lights. Hunter preferred unfiltereds, but that night, the Republican firebrand wasn’t above bumming one of mine. I took a small bag of medical weed from my pocket, packed some into a bowl, and lit it up.

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