Rational Security

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Beam Me Up, Santa” Edition

Robert Mueller got hold of emails from the presidential transition and the Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. Yes, seriously.

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Rational Security on the E.R.: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition

From possibly obstructing justice to keeping his finances under wraps, President Trump is giving new meaning to “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

This week on Rational Security, we discuss Paul Manafort and his affinity for expensive rugs.

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Million Dollars in Rugs” Edition

Sure, Manafort got indicted. But the real question is how did he spend so much on rugs?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Fire and Fury” Edition

Donald Trump didn’t start the battle of words with North Korea, but he’s certainly not helping.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Send In the Adults” Edition

The new White House chief of staff tries to make a chain of command out of chaos.

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Saving Syria — and Ourselves

America needs to plot a middle path for military intervention.

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Saving Syria — and Ourselves

America needs to plot a middle path for military intervention.

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The Syrian Abyss

What Nietzsche would say about striking Assad.

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The Syrian Abyss

What Nietzsche would say about striking Assad.

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Arsenal of Hypocrisy

No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds.

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Arsenal of Hypocrisy

No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds.

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Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

What we can learn from one of the most brilliant deceptions of World War II.

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Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

What we can learn from one of the most brilliant deceptions of World War II.

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Last War Standing

Why preemption is the only thing that can keep America safe.

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Last War Standing

Why preemption is the only thing that can keep America safe.

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The Pentagon’s Ten-Percent Solution

The sequester isn't a problem if you know what to cut.

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The Pentagon’s Ten-Percent Solution

The sequester isn't a problem if you know what to cut.

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The ABCs of Strategy

Everything you need to know about war is in children's books.

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The ABCs of Strategy

Everything you need to know about war is in children's books.

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History of the World, Part Z

What the undead can teach us about the fall of Rome -- and cyberwar.

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History of the World, Part Z

What the undead can teach us about the fall of Rome -- and cyberwar.

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How Chess Explains the World

And predicts the rise and fall of nations.

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How Chess Explains the World

And predicts the rise and fall of nations.

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Founding Insurgents

What today's military could learn from George Washington.

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Founding Insurgents

What today's military could learn from George Washington.

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Mitt Romney Was Right

Russia's our No. 1 enemy -- and Snowden's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Mitt Romney Was Right

Russia's our No. 1 enemy -- and Snowden's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Could Killer Robots Bring World Peace?

We're breaking Isaac Asimov's First Law -- and it could be good for humanity.

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Could Killer Robots Bring World Peace?

We're breaking Isaac Asimov's First Law -- and it could be good for humanity.

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In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

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In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

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Drones Are Too Slow to Kill Terrorists

President Obama's magical thinking about how to defeat al Qaeda.

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Glory Day

Remembering the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

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The Case for Slow War

History shows that wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am rarely works out for the best.

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