JOHN P. RUEHL – The struggles of Russian weapons manufacturers have added to historic shifts in the global arms market.
CHRIS DE PLOEG – International aggression has major consequences and can lead to massive loss of human life: 2.4 million dead in Iraq, 1.2 million dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. war against the Taliban. Senior American defense officials claim that Russia is still holding back and that its bombers are primarily focused on military targets. These same officials also warn that civilian casualties could massively spike if Russia does decide to enact an Iraq- or Chechnya-style bombing campaign. Can that kind of fate still be prevented in Ukraine? That is the primary question that should concern all commentators. That and the prevention of further escalation, nuclear war. Where do we go from here?
JACK GOLDSMITH and SAMUEL MOYN – If President Biden really wants to end the ‘forever wars’, he must work with Congress and go well beyond narrowing old permission slips for conflict.
NICHOLAS J.S. DAVIES – This is the state of war in the United States in July 2017.
JON QUEALLY – Worries of ‘New Cold War’ intensify as United States suspends bilateral diplomatic channels for Syria conflict.
NICHOLAS J. S. DAVIES – We need to restore legitimacy and reason to our own country’s international behavior, so we can begin to regain the moral and legal ground from which to defeat terrorism – theirs and ours.
PAUL VALE – The former top US Special Forces chief claimed on Sunday, November 29, that blinding emotion after the 9/11 attacks led the United States and its allies to take the wrong strategic decisions to counter al-Qaeda, calling the subsequent Iraq War a â€œhuge error.â€ The admission by Michael Flynn, made to German newspaper Der Spiegel, comes as British MPs prepare to vote on extending the UKâ€™s bombing campaign against the Islamic State into Syria following the massacre in Paris.
ANDREW J. BACEVICH – Policy intellectualsâ€Šâ€”â€Šeggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for officeâ€Šâ€”â€Šare a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearanceâ€Šâ€”â€Šwell-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branchâ€Šâ€”â€Šbelies a malign impact. They are like Asian carp let loose in the Great Lakes.
ROBERT PARRY – Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of Americaâ€™s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside â€œthe worldâ€™s superpower,â€ a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.