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Summer 2009

Among the many lessons we have been advised to take away from six years in Iraq: war is hell, war is chaos, war is madness. I have never actually met anyone who believes otherwise, least of all senior officers in Iraq who, in the telling of many critics, believe they have been uniquely endowed with an ability to lift the fog of war. ... Read More

Obama’s Inheritance: Al-Qaeda in Retreat

In a widely noted speech in May, President Obama said George W. Bush’s national security policies created a mess. The president is wrong. President Obama actually inherited a very strong hand on national security issues.

Twice Branded: Western Women in Muslim Lands

Judy Bachrach explores the plight of Western women living in Muslim lands.

The Unwise Men: The Decline of a Caste

In a cutting and brilliant essay, Stephen Graubard, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, chronicles the decline of an American caste.

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency

Ann Marlowe chronicles the origins of counterinsurgency theory.

After The Fall: 1989, Twenty Years On

Joshua Muravchik reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.

Best Intentions: An Appreciation of Graham Greene

Appearing in 1955, Graham Greene’s prophetic novel The Quiet American was a fictional narrative that became a must-read for those seeking to understand how the United States blundered so badly in Vietnam.

Freedom Train: A Tour of 1989

Congressman David Dreier reflects on the twentieth anniversary of 1989, a tumultuous and decisive year.

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Not The End Of The World: Misreading the Cuban Missile Crisis

Assessing Michael Dobbs's One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War.

Dear Mr. President ... On Pirates

Lately, you’ve appeared to be a bit worried, tense, even bewildered. You need a way to relax and lighten up. You need a problem that’s not so darned grim, abstruse, and conundrum-packed. You need pirates.

The Dark Side of Tolerance: British Anti-Semitism

The specter of anti-Semitism is stalking Britain. It is guilt-free and unrestrained by historical literacy. According to a recent survey, many British children believe Auschwitz is a brand of beer.