President Obama finally unveiled a plan to close Gitmo and transfer the remaining detainees to American prisons and bases. Long overdue, but also unlikely to go anywhere fast. I discuss the politics of Gitmo this campaign season in a post at Cato.org.
You won’t hear much about Yemen in the news, but by enabling Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen the United States is not only fueling another Middle Eastern foreign policy disaster, it is also a party to war crimes. Read my piece with John Glaser at Reason.com.
North Korea is at it again…from underground nuclear tests to launching ballistic missiles into space. But what does our experience with North Korea suggest about the likely course things will take with Iran? Read my take at The Diplomat.
It’s Super Bowl week, which means it’s time to haul out the sports metaphors. Since 9/11 political leaders have talked incessantly about how the best defense against terrorism is a good offense, meaning we need to romp and stomp all over the globe to kill terrorists. But as any real football fan can tell, it’s defense, …
The United States strategy in Afghanistan has been a total failure. Why can’t we leave? I’ve run out of rational explanations because none of them make sense. Now I’m stuck with non-rational explanations. Read my piece at The National Interest.
The Obama administration just can’t enough…it’s now looking for Libyan moderates to engage, train, and support in the fight against ISIS. What could possibly go wrong? Read my piece in RealClearDefense here.
In 2015 we witnessed an astonishing sight: by the end of the year news coverage of Donald Trump in major U.S. newspapers eclipsed coverage of every major world hotspot and the dreaded Islamic State. Read my piece at Cato@Liberty here.
Wondering who is the hawkiest hawk of them all this Christmas season? Read my post at Cato to find out!
Did you watch last night’s GOP debate? Fantastic entertainment value, some serious policy ideas, and a fair dose of irresponsible rhetoric about terrorism and how we should deal with it. Read my piece at CNN.com.
Newsweek picked up one of my recent Cato blog posts in which I argue that the president should probably just go ahead and not pay too much attention to public opinion about what to do with the Syrian refugees. You can read the full piece here.