A Bangor, ME police department dog. (Courtesy Bangor, Maine, police department)

Today’s briefing

A Bangor police dog takes the podium.

An Israeli soldier throws a grenade into a Hezbollah bunker during the 2006 Lebanon war. (Wikimedia Commons)

Some unhappy reasons for why we are on the verge of another war in Lebanon

Conversations with Israelis these days tend to end up in one place: casus belli.

President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 16. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome, and It’s Getting Worse

The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom.

Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish Peshmerga positions on Oct. 15 on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is in Denial About Iraq

The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.

British World War I recruitment poster. (Wikimedia Commons)

The British disdain for military affairs — and how it might affect British publishing

I’ve noticed in looking at British books about war in the last 20 years that the British public is not well served by its publishers.

The U.S. Marshall Plan logo. (Wikimedia Commons)

Great moments in interviews

A high school student interviewed Defense Secretary James Mattis

Carl Jung. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edgar on Strategy (VI): Speaking of Israel and Palestine, it’s time to consider social strategies and technical solutions  

As a strategic planner in the Israel Defense Forces specializing in the Palestinian arena, I was privileged to play a role in the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian security dialogue, conducted by General John R. Allen.

Milo the morale dog at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. (Department of Defense)

Milo the Morale Dog

Everything they say about the comforts of the Air Force lifestyle is true!

Refugees arriving from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios in 2016. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Wants Refugees to Fit In or Stay Out

An obscure new policy would give priority to refugees who seem like they might “assimilate.”

The Battle Within. (Inkshares Inc.)

Book excerpt: A Canadian officer remembers ‘The Battle Within’

God it had been hot, so hot he’d needed gloves to hold his rifle.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 Developer Conference in  San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Pro-Free Speech Way to Fight Fake News

Most cures for fraudulent news threaten to be worse than the disease. There’s at least one exception.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at Joint Andrews Air Force base, Maryland on September 15.     MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm Parallels Are Getting Scary

Both men were insecure and undisciplined — and in charge of governments in thrall to the military.

Presidents Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Tom Pennington/Getty Images, Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

‘Hell no, we won’t go?’: We admire the military but elect draft evaders president

Reading a book about the Vietnam War recently, it occurred to me that we’ve never had a Vietnam vet as president, even though two (John McCain and John Kerry) have been nominees.

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