Foreign Policy

The Army and Special Forces: The Fantasy Continues

The Army, it would appear, and, perhaps the nation, has learned nothing from its unhappy experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. This morning’s New York Times reports that Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno is setting off to restructure large pieces of his ground force to do in other regions, especially Africa, what they have done …

U.S. and Japanese Troops Draw Closer

The prospect of U.S. and Japanese troops fighting side by side in the next land war in Asia — and heaven forbid the need for either — comes a step closer with a little-noted provision in U.S. realignment plans announced last …

South Korean Seasickness

Seoul has lost its bid to have the world’s mapmakers allow the Sea of Japan, the body of water between Japan and the Korean peninsula, also to be known as the East Sea. Japan is pleased, according to Stars and Stripes.

The International Hydrographic Organization met this week in Monaco and elected to keep Sea of Japan as the only …

A Risky Game Over Japan’s Disputed Islands

TOKYO – Whether it’s a genuine attempt to steer Japan’s foreign policy or a clever ploy to annoy political leaders in both Japan and China, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s plan to buy three disputed islands in the East …

Betting on the Come

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared Wednesday that “our strategy is right, our strategy is working, and if we stick to it, we can achieve the mission of establishing an Afghanistan that can secure and govern itself, and …

Beautifying the Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden, some say, was located somewhere inside modern-day Iraq. So it’s no surprise that the U.S. is trying to improve on God’s work, seeking “gardening services” at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil.

The overview of the contract solicitation, posted Monday, notes:

Maintenance and appearance of the grass, shrubbery,

A New Approach to the War on Terror?

How come after the successes in the war on terror since 9/11, it seems likes we’re still fighting the war on terror? There seems to be a bit of Lewis Carroll unfolding here:

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Are the world’s militaries trying to fight a new enemy with old weapons? 1st Lieutenant Rogerio Paiva Cietto, a legal …

War Talk Is Cheap

Two of the most virulently anti-U.S. regimes in the world – Iran and Syria – are painting bulls-eyes on their backs by their deeds. But the Obama Administration is seeking non-military solutions in both cases. It’s driving …

Afghanistan: First Tragedy, Now Farce

If you follow the commentariat on Afghanistan, you can sense a growing sense of pessimism. Some handle it more deftly than others:

The most insidious objection to realism in the AfPak region comes from those ready to label it a “cut-and-run” strategy. This is the kind of logic that leads some folks to sleep with an unattractive

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