There are two key words to keep in mind when reading Thomas Ricks’s important and eminently readable new book, “The Generals”: accountability and relief. Accountability is what set Ricks out on his investigation of America’s military leaders from World War II to the present, as in the missing accountability of our generals for the failures of the post-9/11 decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. And relief is what Ricks believes has been too often missing, as in the old-fashioned sense of the word and one that is hardly ever used anymore, certainly by the U.S. military: firing.
|By: Susan Glasser Saturday November 24, 2012 1:59 pm|
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday November 18, 2012 8:01 pm|
John McCain’s views seem to have evolved since four days ago when he told The Three Dumbest People on Television that he would “do everything in my power to block the nomination of Susan Rice to be Secretary of State.”
Now he won’t allow anyone to become Secretary of State until, well, pudding.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 5, 2012 3:54 pm|
The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush.
|By: Attaturk Friday October 26, 2012 1:30 am|
|By: Center for Constitutional Rights Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:45 am|
When you see politicians on television cheering each other on about the use of drones, it is all made to seem so abstract and clean. The reality is quite a different story and raises some fundamental questions that are being glossed over: Is it lawful or wise for the Executive to be sending missiles and drones into other countries, outside of places where the U.S. is engaged in active combat, to kill people, including American citizens, that it suspects of involvement in terrorism? Haven’t we seen unchecked power lead to enormous life and death mistakes over the past decade? And doesn’t this set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world?
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:22 am|
To the extent that there is a difference in foreign policy between the two Presidential candidates at this point, it’s that Mitt Romney wants to implement the same exact policies as Barack Obama, but just spend $2 trillion more on defense contracting to carry it out.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:45 am|
OK, “it will not happen” is new. And this comes on the heels of the White House digging in and saying that the President would sign nothing related to the fiscal cliff unless the top two marginal tax rates increase back to Clinton-era levels. That would contradict the sureness of “it will not happen.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:10 am|
While Mitt Romney hid behind Barack Obama and displayed about as much independent thought as a college student who didn’t cram enough the night before the test and spent the whole time looking at his neighbor’s paper, his neighbor Barack Obama reflected so strongly the smoldering wreck that is this nation’s foreign policy consensus.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:30 am|
Oh the debates are finally over…and now the spin will last another couple days. Thank goodness.
Too bad there wasn’t enough talk about the spread of our most successful civilian killing policy.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 22, 2012 12:15 pm|
The “debate” or political show tonight put on by the anti-democratic Commission on Presidential Debates will serve a key purpose: it will help to create the illusion in Americans’ minds that there is a wide difference between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when it comes to foreign policy.