Mattis Was the Best Secretary of Defense Trump Could Have Had
In grading him, we must adjust for the difficulty of the assignment.
Why America Lost in Afghanistan
Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.
Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense
His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.
Mattis’s Resignation Isn’t a Crisis Yet—But It Probably Will Be
The U.S. secretary of defense was right to resign in protest, but Trump can’t handle the consequences.
Americans’ Blind Faith in the Military Is Dangerous
U.S. citizens show deference to the armed forces regardless of their political persuasion. Their willingness to let the generals decide is a threat to the democratic tradition of civilian oversight.
How the Generals Are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon
At stake is civilian control of the military.
America’s Elite Needs to Get Back in Uniform
Military service is a unifying force in a time of deep division.
Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy
Battlefield experience shouldn’t trump the outsider benefits of civilian leadership.
Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?
President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on protests has driven the country to the brink. If the violence escalates, it could spark a refugee crisis and destabilize all of Central America.