War in Israel on the Ninth of Av


"By the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept and remembered Zion." Tuesday morning, August 5, when the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, was the Ninth of Av. Things are quiet in modern Israel on the Ninth of Av. Jewish tradition holds that it was on the ninth day of the… Continue reading War in Israel on the Ninth of Av

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Evolution: seeing without the lens of war


"[T]he United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come." -President Barack Obama, addressing the United States Military Academy commencement ceremony, May 28,2014 Just because we start seeing the world without looking at it through a lens… Continue reading Evolution: seeing without the lens of war

Syria: Scratching the war itch


You know the mantras of the Obama administration's call for attacking Syria, by now: no "boots on the ground;"  no "long term campaign;"  no "open ended commitment." "What we will do,"  the President said, August 30, "is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons, understanding that there's not going to be a… Continue reading Syria: Scratching the war itch

What’s so foreign about foreign policy?


In a time when so much of U.S. foreign policy involves our global military footprint, ongoing engagements, waning engagements and threatening engagements, it's easy to think that war is the sole function of that governing platform. Americans are conditioned that way; like a computer that insists on entering a discarded wi-fi password at your favorite… Continue reading What’s so foreign about foreign policy?

The ebbing tide of war


"...tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding." - President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011 For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. Soon, they will turn and march for home. Obama… Continue reading The ebbing tide of war