In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Trump Administration and Iran

"Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." - John Adams, Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy (July 4, 1821) Monsters. For the Clinton administration, it … Continue reading In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Trump Administration and Iran

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Dealing with a Teenage Global War on Terrorism

If the Global War on Terrorism ever became sentient, chugged a RipIt, donned a reflective PT belt, lit up a Marlboro Red, and rose up in human form, it would turn fifteen today. And it would be an ornery little punk. Fifteen years ago - on September 20, 2001 - President George W. Bush breathed … Continue reading Dealing with a Teenage Global War on Terrorism

Not Understanding the Fight Against ISIS: An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Today’s guest post comes from Barefoot Boomer, who is a glutton for punishment, this being his second post. Read his first post here. Boomer is a career Army officer and strategist. He is also a historian with an emphasis in American and German military history.  The content and opinions of this article are the author’s only … Continue reading Not Understanding the Fight Against ISIS: An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Why ISIS Will Outlast the Coalition Arrayed Against It, and Why It’s Our Own Damn Fault

Today's guest post comes from Barefoot Boomer. Boomer is a career Army officer and strategist. He is also a historian with an emphasis in American and German military history.  The content and opinions of this article are the author’s only and do not reflect the opinions of the United States Army or the Department of … Continue reading Why ISIS Will Outlast the Coalition Arrayed Against It, and Why It’s Our Own Damn Fault

And Then? What Happens After Victory Over Daesh

Since 2014 and their declaration of the Caliphate, this thing called ISIS has been dominating the news cycle. From destruction of antiquities to the massacre of civilians, ISIS has been losing friends and influencing people in negative ways for quite some time. But even as politicians call for carpet bombing of this non-state pretender-state actor, … Continue reading And Then? What Happens After Victory Over Daesh

How “Cups” is Actually About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

It seems just the other day that the song "Cups," as sung by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, was all over every radio station in the country. Now, it barely comes on over the waves. Not unlike another old forgotten favorite: the war in Afghanistan. Not only is it in the news less, it literally received no treatment … Continue reading How “Cups” is Actually About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

World War III: Stop Trying to Prevent It

There’s a moment on the television show “Scrubs” (the greatest thing to ever air on American television) when the young resident John Dorian (JD) becomes paralyzed by the fear of accidentally killing a patient by making a mistake. In this mindset, he veers away from making any risky decisions or undertaking any procedures that might … Continue reading World War III: Stop Trying to Prevent It

Ethical America and Militarization

A new CNN poll says that a majority of Americans support the idea of sending in ground troops to fight against the so-called Islamic State, or as I prefer to call them, Daeshbags. While it was by a slim majority (53% with a plus/minus margin of error of 3 points), this indicates an increasing desire … Continue reading Ethical America and Militarization

Has the U.S. begun a new Monroe Doctrine in the Middle East?

We all remember learning about the Monroe Doctrine, right? I’m sure everyone was awake that day in high school or in your survey of U.S. history class in college. You learned that in 1823, President James Monroe essentially claimed the Americas as the playground for the new United States and told Europe to stop meddling in … Continue reading Has the U.S. begun a new Monroe Doctrine in the Middle East?