Turkey Is No Ally

Turkey has turned its back on the West. To be fair, we in the West didn’t do much to prevent it. When Turkey sought entry into the European Union, other members balked and resisted—though not without reason. Many Europeans were alarmed by the rise of Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP). The

By | 2017-11-19T13:52:27+00:00 November 19th, 2017|

How Bergdahl’s Case Perverts Military Justice

In his 60-year old classic study of U.S. civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State, the late Samuel Huntington observed the traditional attitude of liberal American society toward the military was “conform or die.” During periods of peace, when security was not at stake, he contended, liberalism’s policy was “extirpation,” the attempt to

By | 2017-11-06T13:01:19+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Restoring American Leadership to Beat Back ISIS

The United States has enjoyed a major strategic victory in the seeming endless Global War on Terrorism: the Islamic State has been crushed. Oh, you hadn’t heard? That’s unsurprising, because almost none of the mainstream media are giving it adequate coverage. They’re too busy talking about none of the news that really matters,

By | 2017-10-25T14:56:26+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Free Kurdistan Now

The Kurds are the largest stateless people in the world. Their population exists in a contiguous territory spanning across  present-day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Historically, the Kurds have been an oppressed people. Iran, Iraq, Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, and what’s left of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are all deeply and

By | 2017-10-17T22:12:58+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Can the U.S Military Hold the Line in the Gathering Political Storm?

Defense Secretary James Mattis's words last month to U.S troops in the Middle East came from his patriotic heart: “And you just hold the line, my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it, of being

By | 2017-09-12T13:07:36+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

A Blank Check for Afghanistan

The trouble with the new (or, rather, not-so-new) Trump Administration war plan for Afghanistan is that it’s a loser. Sure, the president gets high marks for finally talking about “victory” in Afghanistan—after 17 years of seemingly endless warfare, it’s nice to hear the word mentioned. Yet, for all of the talk of victory,

By | 2017-08-27T07:46:10+00:00 August 24th, 2017|