Scholar, Afghanistan veteran, and naval reservist Will Ruger wants to pull U.S. troops out immediately. His elevation implies the president finally understands that personnel is policy.
The crisis shows that fatalism and inaction are deadly, while aggressiveness and innovation save lives. Congress must strike a balance with a long-term vision that builds on the strengths that make America great.
As the agreement makes clear, the United States and its allies are indeed looking for the exits. If all goes to plan, U.S. and coalition forces will vacate Afghanistan by spring 2021.
No new wars or interventions in Iran or Venezuela, a partial drawdown from Iraq and Syria, and an Afghanistan withdrawal deal is a foreign policy record to be proud of.
There may be neoconservatives cheering that drone strike, as neoconservatives are wont to do, but it is unlikely that they are the ones driving policy.
Gene Healy, vice president at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour.
Sam Mendes’ magnificent epic raises a question stripped straight from today’s headlines: Is war a futile waste of life or the apex of the human experience?
President Trump said that killing Soleimani was an effort to end, not start a war. He was roundly mocked, but that is exactly what he did.
If yesterday evening serves as the entirety of the Iranian response to Soleimani’s death, President Trump should count the events as a win.
The length, scope, and operational duration of the attack suggests it is a targeted towards regime stability and an internal audience. Whether it leads to further escalation is a political call.
Only the absence of retaliation or some lower-level action that gives both sides a face-saving way out of the predicament can restore deterrence. Otherwise, fight’s on.
‘Repercussions mount over U.S. strike, with Iran nuclear deal pullback and Iraq call for U.S. troop pullout,’ the Los Angeles Times tells us, waiting 14 paragraphs to explain the resolution is not binding.
Just as we have other options aside from war, it’s worth considering how limited Iran’s appetite for war with the United States actually is.
“We caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump said in an address at his Mar-a-Lago resort in south Florida. “His reign of terror is over.”
Will taught me that the most meaningful thing civilians can do for veterans and service members may be to listen to their stories of service.
After 18 years, thousands of casualties, and a price tag that could be as high as $1 trillion, the United States has done all it can in Afghanistan. Instead of finding excuses to stay, it’s time to come home.
Given the ways veterans are routinely portrayed in media coverage and popular culture, we need to correct the common view that military service is psychologically devastating.
The Western dependence on Middle Eastern energy supplies is ever diminishing. Foreign policy should reflect that strategic reality.
Instead of reducing the chance of conflict with Iran, a policy of ‘maximum pressure’ only increases the threat another needless U.S. war in the Middle East.
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