A new report is out from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR)—the government's watchdog for the war—and its findings paint an ugly picture: despite billions spent and thousands
Sunday marked 17 years of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan — with no end in sight. Just last week, a 23-year-old American serviceman was killed by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province.
By now you’ve seen the headlines: An American resident, a Saudi Arabian journalist who wrote for The Washington Post, has gone missing abroad and is presumed dead. Jamal Khashoggi was
The president should not have carte blanche under a resolution from 17 years ago War is a heavy responsibility. But many of America’s foreign conflicts are now started, executed and
President Trump took a little time during a policy-rich interview in the Oval Office to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history. Was it the Civil War? Nah.
A popular way to begin the first day of class in constitutional law in many American law schools is to ask the students what sets the U.S. Constitution apart from
Why do so many people in politics and the media want to start wars? Since I toured a sordid hospital full of wounded people in Bucharest at Christmas 1989, and
The contra-narrative about Assad’s alleged gas attack is gaining traction as the evidence comes in. It increasingly seems probable that some folks suffocated or were overcome with smoke inhalation and
President Trump may be using his Twitter account to threaten airstrikes against Syria — but that doesn’t change the fact that he has no constitutional authority to order those strikes.
Monday 26th March 2018 marks three years since a Saudi Arabian-led coalition of nations launched a bombing campaign in Yemen. Since 26 March 2015 the Yemen Data Project has been collecting
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a personal appeal to Congress on Wednesday not to restrict the United States’ support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, as the sponsors of
The answer appears to be a strikingly broad legal argument to strike virtually anywhere—without Congressional say-so. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed a senator in a recently-revealed letter that President
Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit LONDON - A former Conservative cabinet minister has said that Saudi
In mid January, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled the administration’s new policy with concern to Syria. In a widely covered speech at Stanford, Tillerson declared an open-ended commitment of US forces
ZABID, Yemen — Once Yemen's capital and famed as an architectural marvel of early Islam, the town of Zabid is fighting to survive as a brutal war closes in on
A group of experts, advocates, former officials and others are urging senators to support a bipartisan effort to end U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war. “We strongly encourage you and
A conflict long overshadowed by Syria, bipartisan buzz is building on the Hill and in the press to end U.S. involvement with the Saudi-led campaign on Yemen. A new effort
Pentagon to Congress: You Can’t Stop Us from Fueling Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen On February 28, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced Senate Joint
Trying to end war means doing battle with the Pentagon's patented tricks. Now that key senators have introduced measures that would end U.S.-aided hostilities in Yemen, we can expect that
An Assessment of the Legality of Arms Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Context of the Conflict in Yemen This White Paper analyzes U.S. statutory obligations regarding
Norwegian Refugee Council statement on Saudi aid package to Yemen. The recently announced Saudi aid package to Yemen will not solve Yemen's humanitarian needs unless it also allows for unhindered
The US has carried out rare air strikes on Syrian pro-government forces after what it called an "unprovoked attack" on allied Kurdish and Arab fighters. An estimated 100 pro-government fighters
The Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is coming to Washington next month, so naturally we are already being treated to shameless propaganda on his behalf in our newspapers.
A bipartisan coalition has emerged in the Senate to invoke the War Powers Resolution to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and
A debate featuring author of torture memo and Bruce Fein saw more rationalizing of the executive's massive powers. WASHINGTON — There’s a lot of talk today about the feebleness of
Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, recently told NPR that the war in Yemen has led to "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world." Widespread hunger has contributed to a massive
Fifteen years ago this week, Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, spoke at the United Nations to sell pre-emptive war with Iraq. As his chief of staff, I helped Secretary
In an outrage and scandal-driven news cycle, it’s easy to lose sight of the truly significant stories. Let’s talk memos, for example. The past five days have been dominated by
Aid workers, journalists, and experts describe little-appreciated realities about a 1,000-day conflict and — just maybe — how to turn things around The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is in Yemen.
The conflict has killed at least ten thousand civilians, and the country faces famine. Why are we still involved? Funerals in Yemen are traditionally large affairs. When prominent figures die,
WASHINGTON — Imagine that the entire population of Washington State — 7.3 million people — were on the brink of starvation, with the port city of Seattle under a naval