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Sorry, the Idea that Civilians Control the US Military Is Pure Fantasy

Item: Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by Iranian revolutionary guards, precipitating a 24-hour international incident involving negotiations at the highest levels of government to secure their release. The Pentagon offers conflicting reports on why this happened: navigational error, mechanical breakdown, fuel depletion -- but not intelligence-gathering, intentional provocation, or hormonally induced hot-dogging.

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5 Questions That Desperately Need to Be Asked of the Presidential Candidates

The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to “destroy” the Islamic State; each has concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea, and China; every one of them will defend Israel; and no one wants to talk much about anything else -- except, in the case of the Republicans, who rattle their sabers against Iran.

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40 Years On: What the Fall of Saigon Can Tell us About the End of Iraq and Afghanistan

If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly -- and it won't be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission. Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall,” while managing to absolve us of our primary responsibility for creating the disaster. Think of them as silver-lining tributes to good intentions and last-ditch heroism that may come in handy in the years ahead.

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Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

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How Being a Whistleblower Left Me With No Choice But to Take a Minimum-Wage Job

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Cable News Is Reporting in an Alternate Universe

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How the Pentagon Covers Up the Truth About Its War Atrocities

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Selling Your Secrets: The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters

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