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Stay Scary, America

When it comes to the U.S. response to extremists abroad, it is far better for America to be feared, and to be loved.

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Still Waiting for Davos Woman

The Alpine retreat is both absurd and worthy -- but can't achieve its goals as long as it is primarily a guy thing.

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Confessions of a Strategic Communicator

Tales from inside the Pentagon's message machine.

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Getting beyond the blame game on Iraqi security: What we should be doing now

By Colonel Joseph R. Núñez, U.S. Army (Ret.) Best Defense guest columnist The narrative that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki politicized the Iraqi military leadership, which ...

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Gtmo cdr relieved in NCIS probe

Sounds like something from the TV.

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Censorship at the highest ranks of the U.S. military and the growing divide between the military and civilians

Lieutenant Colonel James Weirick discusses his experience with censorship in the military.

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The 2015 State of the Union, by Google Autocomplete

What the world’s search engine tells us about the state of the American psyche. Hint: It is not “strong.”

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Fatal Attraction

Why Obama’s push to build a legacy relationship with Iran is only going to end in heartache.

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Spare a Thought for Those Who Are Not Charlie

Mourn the attacks in Paris, but let’s put things in perspective.

Best Defense

New HASC chairman’s game plan

Best Defense's congressional correspondent outlines the House Armed Services Committee's plans for 2015 and beyond.

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Texas couple paid almost $4 million by Army for setting up what looked like an official recruiting website

The Army said it would pay for the names of potential recruits, sometimes as much as $2,000 per. So this couple, no dummies, set up an official-looking site, “OfficialArmy.com.”

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New U.S. military history journal

You can e-subscribe for free. So go ahead. I did.

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‘Homeland’ and reality: Carrie at Langley

Tom Ricks shares a passage from Robert Grenier’s 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary.

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Iran now running the war in Iraq

I know some people say they are welcome to it. But it does seem a shame simply to have the U.S. play the middle parts of the job Iran began back in the 1980s.

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Micro-communities: A climbing example

FP columnist Tom Ricks explores how micro-communities encourage healthy competition.

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The Disappeared

Reporting and surviving a war with no rules.

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‘Charlie Hebdo’ Is Not a Photo-Op

The Paris attacks signal an opportunity and an urgent reason to find a more effective way to combat jihadist terror.

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War is still ‘a racket’

The United States of America is in a state of perpetual war, which requires perpetual war spending. The reason for this is simple: money and power.

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France Is an Unequal Opportunity Offender

For all the talk of defending the right to blaspheme Mohammed, the French can be extremely hypocritical when it comes to making fun of others.

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Dis Town

The dumbing down of smart -- and Washington.

Best Defense

Food wars: New Zealand edition

Two fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing in Antarctic waters are refusing inspections by the New Zealand navy.

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Bibi's France Trip Wasn't a PR Gaffe -- it Was Political Genius

In the lead-up to Israeli elections, the prime minister’s trip to France wasn't a public relations gaffe -- it may have been political genius.

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How can we avoid losing more wars? Start by putting somebody in charge of them

By Christopher Kolenda Best Defense guest columnist It may be shocking and disturbing, and even maddening and heartbreaking. But it is true all the same ...

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Obama Administration: Torture is okay, but gossiping about policy is a felony!

I mean, we don't prosecute CIA officials who undermine American values by torturing people, but we nail Petraeus for gossiping about policy with Paula Broadwell? ...

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If I could change one thing (10): Slow down the officer merry-go-round

By Maj. Doug Krugman, USMC Best Defense contest entry Many of the reforms proposed and propounded in this series on military personnel reform have been ...

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A North Waziristan reading list

I find the narrower the subject, often the better the list.

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The Sanctions-Proof Superpower

If Beijing decided to pull a Putin on its neighbors, would the United States have any real options besides war?

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Ebola Was Here

Ebola cases are dropping so rapidly that Liberians are talking about the disease in the past tense. They shouldn’t be.

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Despite King’s Death, U.S.-Saudi Relationship Unlikely to Change

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