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An Unnecessary War

In the full-court press for war with Iraq, the Bush administration deems Saddam Hussein reckless, ruthless, and not fully rational. Such a man, when mixed with nuclear weapons, is too unpredictable to be prevented from threatening the United States, the hawks say. But scrutiny of his past dealings with the world shows that Saddam, though cruel and calculating, is eminently deterrable.

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Weirdness aboard the USS Cowpens

So it turns out that the skipper of the Cowpens who was relieved in June of 2014 (the third in a row!) had taken to his sickbed for weeks while deployed, where he was nursed by his female acting XO, with whom he was found to be “unduly familiar.”

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Who’s Nexit?

As many as five other eurozone countries are flirting with trouble. Could one of them be the first to leave the common currency?

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The Army Needs Anthropologists

With the quiet death of the military's controversial Human Terrain System, America's soldiers have lost a guiding light that is needed now more than ever.

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If I could change one thing in personnel policy (7): Trust the market more, and trust the central planners much less

The Army could learn a valuable lesson from the National Football League — no, not the dangers of systemically understating the risk of traumatic brain injury and the accompanying long-term consequences.

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Путину по нраву многожёнство

Одобрив насильственную выдачу замуж девушек-подростков в Чечне, российский борец за христианские ценности заключил дьявольскую сделку с бандитом-исламистом.

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Putin Is Down With Polygamy

In assenting to coerced, teenage marriages in Chechnya, Russia’s Christian warrior has made a devil’s bargain with an Islamist thug.

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I don’t believe a word of what torture advocates say — and neither should you

News sources are reporting that the long-awaited release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s torture program is just days away. Thanks to anonymous sources, we already know some of what this summary will say: “enhanced” interrogation techniques (EITS) yielded little, if any significant intelligence, and the CIA misled the government and the public about both the severity of its methods and this program’s success.

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David J. Morris’s ‘The Evil Hours’ could be the best book on combat PTSD ever

A former Marine officer, Morris left the Corps a few years before 9/11 and decided to work as a war correspondent. In 2007 he was in a Humvee that struck an IED while on a patrol in Saydia, Iraq. Though he’d witnessed several other traumatic events beforehand, he refers to this as his “trigger” incident. His account of that day sets the tone for the entire book.

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A Boy and His Toys

Yep, Putin just threatened to use his nukes. Now it’s time for Washington to decide on a time-out for the Russian president.

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The top 10 sites to folow if you want to understand Iraq

As Iraq has returned to the headlines and the United States and its allies are getting involved militarily again there is increased interest in the country. Here in no particular order is a short list of ten Internet sites that will keep you up to date on the politics, security, and economic situation in the nation.

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What the Army’s writers probably were trying to say when they stepped into a big pile of ‘rapid curricular responsiveness’

I was reading an article in the Australian Army Journal from 2009 when I thought to myself, "Hey, this is probably what the U.S. Army was trying to say with that stupid white paper on human performance optimization."

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What the Army needs is a few women wearing four stars on their shoulders

By Donna McAleer Best Defense giant slalom correspondent The other day the estimable Thom Shanker of the New York Times wrote "President Obama is about ...

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What he said: Fred Kaplan on Euro missile defense question

If you want to understand what is going on, read this -- by far the best thing I've read on the Obama administration's decision to ...

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Bacevich: It is no longer our military

The new issue of Daedalus is about the U.S. military. It has an all-star lineup, but unfortunately most of it is not online. (I was ...

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It’s His Prerogative

Let Obama pick his secretary of state. Even if it's Susan Rice. 

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Making love to a cactus: U.S.-Pakistan relations at a dangerous moment

This is a critical moment for the United States's most fraught diplomatic challenge. Pakistani officials arrive in Washington this week for meetings designed to shore ...

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Memo to Madam Secretary: First, Do No Harm

Hillary Clinton's first visit to a changed Arab world is full of promise and peril.

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Nation-Building in the Yemen

Drones alone won't be enough to stop Yemen from falling into the failed state abyss.

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Obama is zero for four and Republicans are sitting pretty

If I were a Republican Party leader, and I didn't care a whit about the welfare of the United States (and no, those two descriptors ...

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Update from Afghanistan: This guy says the cuts in RC East will hurt the transition

By "An American Official" Best Defense guest whistleblower Regional Command-East has forgone efforts aimed at transition in favor of continuing kinetic warfare. In an order ...

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Revolutionary reading lists (II): And now a few strategic words from the opposition

By Zygmunt F. Dembek and Dean Cheng Best Defense department of revolutionary affairs This list is an attempt to compile the readings that provide insight ...

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Kilcullen speaks: On COIN going out of style, his recent book, Syria, and more

Best Defense: What do you make of the whole "anti-COIN" movement? David Kilcullen: It's natural for people to ask "What comes after Afghanistan?" and "Was ...

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Hillary Clinton’s Bad Economics

The candidate’s campaign has put forward an innovative plan for profit sharing. Too bad even their own research can’t prove it will work.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Russia trains ‘remote-controlled’ dogs

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent It seems that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin isn't the only one using dogs to get the upper ...

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