Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China
The growing threat from the mainland can only be deterred by a public willing to make sacrifices.
The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People
Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.
‘We Will Have to Wait and See if Iran Is Done’
Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran’s word that it does not seek escalation.
For Now, U.S. Troops Are Likely in Iraq to Stay
While they’re there, the United States should refocus the partnership toward making the Iraqi Army more self-sufficient. Here’s how.
Trump’s Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis
Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.
Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing
President announces he’s imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.
Iran Launches Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq
Hours after the strike, both Washington and Tehran showed signs they wanted to de-escalate.
Pentagon Bats Down Reports U.S. Is Leaving Iraq
Multiple outlets cited a letter that Defense Department leaders say was a “mistake.”
Pentagon Chief Kept Tight Circle on Suleimani Strike
Sources say senior officials who would normally be consulted were left out of the loop.
Petraeus Says Trump May Have Helped ‘Reestablish Deterrence’ by Killing Suleimani
The former U.S. commander and CIA director says Iran’s “very fragile” situation may limit its response.
Pentagon’s Policy Chief Under Fire as Senior Officials Head for the Exits
Current and former officials point to John Rood as a major source of frustration in the U.S. Defense Department policy shop.
For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.
Navy Secretary Clashed With Trump Long Before Gallagher
Spencer’s ouster followed months of tensions with the White House over cost overruns and other issues.