When it comes to overseas reporting, “fixers”—those resourceful, wired-in locals who know all the right people—often make stories possible.
A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.
In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.
Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was 'One Long Atrocity' (Video)
Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam," discuss how American wars of occupation are "primarily about murder."Chris Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam," discuss how American wars of occupation are "primarily about murder."
High above, in Manhattan’s very own gilt "White House," Donald J. Trump was huddled with his inner circle, plotting how they would “drain the swamp” and remake Washington, perhaps the world.
There’s good reason to assume Donald Trump will be a Clintonesque hawk or even worse, but there is also reason to believe—due to his propensity for lies, bluster and backing down—that he could turn out to be less bellicose.
Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals -- the true measure of success in war.
Exactly how many times U.S. soldiers have parachuted into the sky over Africa is unknown. But according to America’s premier think tank for evaluating the military, the program in which they do so consistently produces poor results.
Only when we see the evidence of our own invasive nature can we begin to become the kind of land we say we want to be.
It seems a robust Rolodex with the right global roster, a marquee name and a cultivated geopolitical brand covers a multitude of sins. And that’s precisely the type of firepower that Petraeus brings to the table.