Category Archives: Military Policy

GOP needs stiffer back on Ukraine

How to make the case to right wing Republicans that the United States must stay the course in Ukraine. Formerly hawkish Republicans, the isolationists in the GOP are now ready to hand that existentially challenged country to Vladimir Putin. That … Read the rest

Close Ranks Against Weakened Putin

With 535 Americans in the U.S. Congress, you have to concede that there is a small percentage who haven’t read or understood much history on how great evil can descend on the world if power-mad leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini … Read the rest

Ukraine, NATO cannot let Putin win

The sinking of the flagship cruiser Moskva, the pride of the Russian navy, could prove to be a turning point, not only in the showdown in Ukraine between one insane autocrat and an entire citizenry of liberty-loving people, but also … Read the rest

“Vice’ doesn’t square with Cheney, Rummy I knew

    Having worked side by side with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld way back in 1968-69, I was anxious to see how Hollywood would depict them in the just released movie “Vice.” Not surprisingly, given the groupthink politics of … Read the rest

Walker comes off as bellicose


It would be a big mistake to dismiss the presidential primary debates and campaigns as a circus. One of those 20 candidates for the GOP and Democratic nominations is going to have his or her hand on the red phone. … Read the rest

For a secretary who has seen war up close

Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s candidate for Secretary of Defense, received two Purple Hearts fighting as an enlisted soldier in one of our country’s most ill-advised wars. His experience in Vietnam, where he saw the human and financial costs of war … Read the rest

Are we ‘exceptional’ at getting into to wars?

The reality -- or myth -- of America exceptionalism, depending on your view of American history, will be a foreign policy pivot point in the five-month debate leading to the election of Mitt Romney or Barack Obama in November. Romney … Read the rest

Paul, Huntsman raise bar on going to war

Foreign policy has been given short shrift in the on-going Republican horse race for the presidency, but two candidates have called for a higher bar before going to war. That is a debate this country needs to have, because we … Read the rest