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The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
January 11, 2013
WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.
Bradley Manning Gets No Love From The New York Times
December 05, 2012
Why didn't the paper cover the WikiLeaks' source's most recent hearing?
Why Won’t the Military Take Troop-on-Troop Rape Seriously?
October 24, 2012
A powerful new documentary indicts the U.S. military for its inaction on the problem of soldiers raping soldiers.
After Abbottabad: Navy SEALs and American Security
October 19, 2012
What's next for Navy's SEAL Team Six?
Military grumblers vs. Clinton
October 12, 2012
The star debate moderator Martha Raddatz wrote for TNR in 1998 on the occasion of Clinton's impeachment. Here's her article:
Obama’s New Old Defense Strategy
March 14, 2012
When President Obama unveiled his military budget earlier this year, it was clear that he was essentially putting a new defense strategy on the table. The Pentagon’s plan called for the ranks of the active-duty Army to be reduced from 570,000 to 490,000 troops over five years. The Marine Corps, meanwhile, was supposed to shrink from 202,000 to 182,000. At the same time, drones were a high priority in the budget—not surprising, given that Obama has ordered about five times as many drone attacks as his predecessor.
An order announced yesterday by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will install breath-testing machines on all of the U.S. Navy’s ships and submarines and on Marine Corps bases. The move, according to The Washington Post, “is part of a broader new Navy program designed to improve the physical and mental well-being of those having difficulty coping with the stresses of a decade of war.” As Mabus tells it, the Navy is trying to proactively address a range of alcohol-related problems, from poor fitness to sexual assault and suicide.
In Defense of Drones: A Historical Argument
January 27, 2012
Once upon a time, American military might was symbolized by the heavy boots of the Marine Corps, stomping ashore to reestablish order in unruly parts of the world. Today, increasingly, it is symbolized by unmanned drone aircraft, controlled from thousands of miles away, dropping bombs on accused terrorists. And to judge by the Obama Administration’s new defense plan, released earlier this month, this shift will be strongly reinforced in the years to come.
New Offensive in Helmand Province. But Why?
December 04, 2009
Today, the U.S. Marines kicked off a new push against bad guys in Afghanistan's fertile and poppy-rich southern province. Per the AP: Gen. David Petraeus says the Marine Corps offensive launched Friday in southern Afghanistan is part of preparations for the arrival of 30,000 new U.S. reinforcements. Petraeus told The Associated Press that the military has been working for months to extend what he called "the envelope of security" around key towns in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.... U.S.
The Downside of 'Smart Power'
November 30, 2009
After ten months of waiting, USAID finally has a new chief: Rajiv Shah, currently the agriculture department’s top scientist. Directing the country’s principal agency for administering foreign aid is a heady position for someone who is all of 36. And it’s going to be a difficult one. Shah is stepping into the middle of a struggle that has been quietly simmering for years in Washington. On the surface, it’s a classic bureaucratic turf battle over who gets to control foreign aid--USAID staffers or the State Department, which assumed control of the once-autonomous organization in 2006.