After Six Years You Shouldn’t Need to Tell People What Your Foreign Policy Doctrine is

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 1:15 pm

The main point of a specific doctrine is predictability. It is to signal to other actors how you are likely to respond so they can weigh the likely rewards and consequences from the United States. A doctrine so complex that it still needs to be explained after six years has no value.


President Obama Gives Foreign Policy Address at West Point Commencement

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 5:50 pm

Today President Barack Obama addressed graduating students at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The commencement address offered one of Obama’s most comprehensive views on American foreign policy in which he proclaimed that “America must always lead on the world stage, if we don’t no one else will.”

Joyous Historic Events: First Same-Sex Weddings at West Point

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 6:00 pm

There are weddings for all now at West Point’s Cadet Chapel.

On Memorial Day, West Point Debates Value of Counter-Insurgency

By: Monday May 28, 2012 12:00 pm

West Point academics are reportedly debating the value of counter-insurgency. Rethinking counter-insurgency is just long overdue. I never saw it as much more than a make-work program for defense contractors. It was a theory predicated on believing that modern wars take huge commitments over a number of years. It put us into two of the longest wars in our history – three, if you see Vietnamization as an early prototype of COIN – which also happen to be the most tragic and needless.

Ken Mehlman’s Other Closet

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 9:11 am

Ken Mehlman left the gay closet earlier this week, asking for understanding if not support from the glbt community. That would be easier to find if Mehlman demonstrated a bit of understanding of that community and the toll that the Bush White House and RNC took on it while Mehlman was working there. No matter how much he did in his Off-The-Record political closet, it’s going to be hard to overcome what happened on the record.

Who’s the Huckster for This High-Interest War?

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 6:00 am

On college campuses, credit card companies entice naive undergrads into signing up for super-high-interest-rate credit cards by giving away “perceived high-value items” like t-shirts or coffee mugs. They’re called perceived high value items because they really aren’t worth as much as people assume. Their only purpose is to distract from the terrible terms in the [...]

Obama Wraps Himself in The Constitution

By: Sunday May 23, 2010 8:00 am

And this is what kills me, because it’s so apt a diagnosis and so foreign from what Obama’s presidency is actually pursuing.

The War Tax is For Real, and Here’s the Conservative Case for It

By: Friday November 27, 2009 7:30 am

I see very little evidence to support the assertion that the war surtax is “unlikely to pass.” It looks rather like a prerequisite for escalating the war in Congress.

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