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Applauding Syria Withdrawal

Honesty and politics rarely go together. It doesn’t have to be that way, but Americans have been enculturated into believing liars and then acting disappointed when we later found out they lied to us. This is repeated ad infinitum. Case in point, withdrawing troops from Syria. Who honestly thought we were involved militarily in Syria […]

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War Against Terrorism: Who Are Our Enemies?

by Cora Currier, ProPublica In a major national security speech this spring regarding terrorism, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked […]

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Benghazi: The Three Myths

Three Benghazi myths (via GlobalPost) Benghazi Analysis: There are at least three myths that have grown up around the terrible events on Sept. 11 of last autumn. Nicholas Burns Editor’s Note: Nicholas Burns is GlobalPost’s senior foreign affairs columnist. He writes a bimonthly column on the international issues that shape our world. CAMBRIDGE,…

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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

by Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the […]

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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

(photo above is a MQ-9 Reaper Drone, formerly known as the Predator, Wikipedia Commons) Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes by Cora Currier, ProPublica You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a […]