Indefinite Detention Executive Orders We Can Believe In

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:52 pm

In 2007 and 2008, there was a presidential candidate who argued that (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge was an affront to American values. In 2009, there was a White House that brushed aside reports it would issue an executive order governing (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge. Coming in 2011, there’s a White House that will [...]

The Legal Basis For The Drone Strikes Is… The Assertion Of Their Legality

By: Sunday November 14, 2010 7:44 pm

Somehow I missed the Obama administration insisting that except for the KSM non-de-trial de-trial (Come on, you can give me that one, can’t you?), it’s come a long way from the Bush era: Officials said Mohammed’s uncertain future should not obscure what they see as significant and aggressive changes in national security policy, including banning [...]

State Department Re-Ups With Blackwater

By: Friday October 1, 2010 11:31 am

The State Department’s $10 billion, five-year contract with private security firms is finally out. Guess who’s still a part of it? I have an exclusive over at Danger Room about how an arm of Blackwater successfully formed a “joint venture” to stay in the picture. Here’s what I’d highlight for you: Don’t see any of [...]

Fundamental Continuities With The Bush Administration That We Can Believe In!

By: Friday September 10, 2010 8:04 am

I’d like to welcome my good friend Eli Lake to the liberal blogosphere. He’s got an excellent piece out today tracing all the ways — state secrets, Guantanamo, Patriot, surveillance, etc. — that the Obama administration has opted to embrace the expansive wartime authorities that the Bush administration claimed, rather than abrogate them. If you’re [...]

Return Of A Misleading Metric

By: Saturday September 4, 2010 6:00 pm

Leave it to Josh Foust to tease out the implications of some of my reporting better than I did. Not only is ISAF re-highlighting its (apparently) civilian-casualty-free airstrikes, but it’s also letting the public know more about special-forces activity than it (I gather) ever has. Last month, Gen. Petraeus shared with me some rather detailed [...]

Sometimes You Just Have To Say No To Open-Ended Wars

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 10:32 am

Victor Davis Hanson makes a point worth addressing: Obama warns against “open-ended wars,” as if they are almost animate things. But wars end, not when they reach a rational, previously agreed-upon expiration date, but usually when tough, specific wartime choices are made that lead to victory or end in defeat. One party must decide – [...]

Open Letter to USMA Cadet Katherine Miller

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 5:36 pm

MEMORANDUM TO: Cadet 2nd Class K. Miller, USA FROM: Midshipman 2nd Class A. Weinstein, USN (Ret.) Subj: SEPARATION I’m an editor for Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco, specializing in military and defense affairs. But once upon a time I was Midshipman Adam Weinstein, USNA class of 2000…until, like you, I resigned from an Academy [...]

Is Getting To Zero Bad For Arms Control?

By: Monday July 19, 2010 12:54 pm

Time for a good old-fashioned arms control post. Get excited! I’m about to give context before my lede! From the perspective of the U.S.-Russia New START arms control treaty, the congressional calendar looks like that Indiana Jones scene where the big stone door slowly grinds closed as our heroes race down the hallway to pass [...]

The Afghanistan ‘Exception’ To The Obama Doctrine

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 9:00 am

There’s a lot to recommend in Peter Beinart’s column on McChrystal yesterday, but this paragraph gets something important wrong: Obama’s problem isn’t that McChrystal is talking smack about him. His problem is that McChrystal isn’t pursuing his foreign policy. Well, now McChrystal is gone and Petraeus is in and the policy is the same. So [...]

When You’ve Lost RapGenius, Vol 1. (Till We All Without Sin, Let’s Quit The Pulpitting)

By: Monday June 7, 2010 1:45 pm

The bloom is off the rose of President Obama, as RapGenius recounts the innocent time in which rappers proclaimed their faith in the president-to-be. You know all the references: Jay-Z’s “A Milli” and “My President Is Black” remixes/beatjackings, Jeezy’s original, Wayne. Juelz provided crucial cross-cultural validation in the Hispanic community. I forgot about that Common [...]