- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ukraine. Thailand. Venezuela.
None of those civil disturbances are situations that might remotely engage the U.S. military, even if Putin gets all fraternal with his assistance to Ukraine. And Syria, while a war, isn’t something I think the U.S. military needs to worry much about getting involved in. Even Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, and Pakistan, the four horsemen of dependable messes, seem to be going through relatively quiet periods. Egypt, I dunno, but it also seems to be taking a timeout.
So, for the first time in about 13 years, I wake up each morning without expecting the overnight news to provide me something new to think about in terms of U.S. military action. This feels a bit weird to me — but also good.
On the other hand, no one is paying much attention to Cuba, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a massive humanitarian problem there after the Castro regime falls, one that might well require South American troops helping distribute American-provided aid.
Meantime, enjoy the extra 15 minutes of sleep.
Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. She is the author of War Dogs (forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from Palgrave), a book about canines in combat, the subject of her regular Friday column "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week," featured on The Best Defense. Before joining FP in 2008, she was managing editor of Moment Magazine, a publication founded by Elie Wiesel in 1975, where she began working in 2003. In addition to her work on war dogs, Frankel has written on a wide range of topics from the religious escapades of singer Bob Dylan to Hitler's family doctor. Her profile of author Joyce Carol Oates was published in the collection Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations in 2006. She has appeared as a commentator on ABC World News and MSNBC among others. In 2011, she was named one of 12 women in foreign policy to follow on Twitter by the Daily Muse.| Passport |