America's wars wouldn’t be possible without contractors, but presidents usually ignore the thousands who have died.
The consequences of these decisions will extend far beyond the region itself.
The Iranian general helped get hundreds of Americans killed—through two administrations. Both declined to kill him.
The U.S. attack against the top Iranian general will have far greater repercussions than the killings of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders.
The administration's commitment to a better future for Iranians may last only as long as that commitment can be used to secure the regime’s demise or a better nuclear deal—whichever comes first.
The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing prisoners home—and of pressuring Iran. With Xiyue Wang’s release, it can claim victory on two fronts.
The president’s repeated interference in a Navy SEAL’s case shows that he cares about only one kind of military discipline—obedience to Trump.
The group has lost its territory and its leader. But it has survived before—and can do it again.
The secretary of state has been trying to distance himself from the impeachment hearings, but today’s explosive testimony put him at center stage.
The two have undeniable personal chemistry, but their countries are drifting apart.
Retired senior military officers are growing more concerned that the Trump administration doesn’t want their advice—and they’re struggling with how much they can say publicly.
Retired senior military officers tend to avoid weighing in on politics. But not always.
After weeks of chaos in the northeast, great powers redrew a small chunk of the map. And a bigger story is just beginning.
Killing terrorist leaders gets attention, but it doesn’t stop terrorism.
Donald Trump, who vowed to get troops out of Syria altogether, incurred all the strategic costs without getting any of the political benefit.
Whatever the agreement was, it left the status quo in place, at least for the time being.
As Turkey stokes chaos in northern Syria, the U.S. has no new options to deal with the ISIS prisoners held there—or what to do if they escape.
The alliance goes back more than 60 years—and it’s been decades of disappointments for both sides.
The biggest hitch to Turkey’s ambitions in northeastern Syria was the presence of U.S. forces. No more U.S. forces, no more hitch.
Did the president betray the Kurds or help dismantle a contradictory strategy in Syria? Both.