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A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Blob’–and the American Way of War

Why has American been at war for the entire 21st century? What accounts for the reality of “endless wars,” a phrase that even President Biden used to justify U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan? One obvious answer is that the Washington foreign policymaking class–a community now known as “the Blob” to critics–favors military interventions and rejects non-military...

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Pentagon Says Drone Strike in Syria Targeted al-Qaeda Official 

Such US drone strikes have been relatively common in Syria’s Islamist opposition-held northwest in recent years, but Monday’s targeted killing followed a lull over recent months. Agence France-Presse cited the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying the strike killed two jihadi officials, one of Tunisian and the other of either...


The World’s Top Intelligence Agencies, Explained

The 21st century has been very good to the world’s spies. Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, secret intelligence agencies have increased their power and influence in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.  What these spy services have in common is secrecy, techniques, and elaborate emblems...


Reuters: Top Iranian Officials Planned Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Field

Last May, a drone attack knocked out oil production at one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil facilities. Some speculated it was a false flag attack. Reuters now reports it was an Iranian operation, approved at the top. The sources are not named. The plan by Iranian military leaders to strike Saudi oil installations developed over...

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A Parliamentary Fix to End Forever Wars 

The Constitution couldn’t be clearer.  If the president wants to go to war, he or she must get a declaration of war. But for the last 70 years, the constitution has been bypassed by presidents who want to go to war and by senators and congressmen who don’t want to take responsibility for those wars....