War

Lessons Learned, Relearned, and Unlearned in Afghanistan
Lessons Learned, Relearned, and Unlearned in Afghanistan

In the almost-19 years since they dispatched their military to Afghanistan, US policymakers and the people they represent have learned, relearned, and unlearned several lessons.

King Saul and the Evil Spirit: Personality Change and Combat Trauma
King Saul and the Evil Spirit: Personality Change and Combat Trauma

Studying King Saul’s combat experiences can help us understand his personality change and violence toward David.

Appeasement’s Eternal Lessons

Tim Bouverie’s history of British pre-WWII appeasement—Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War—compellingly recounts how the democracies, chiefly Britain, deferred confrontation with Hitler for much of a decade, only barely recovering in time to avert complete calamity.

We Have an Expectation Problem in Afghanistan
We Have an Expectation Problem in Afghanistan

In the wake of the Washington Post’s big document dump of secret government and military communications about the war in Afghanistan, a fresh wave of calls for pulling out of Afghanistan is sounding across the media.

Lighten Up, Francis

Over the weekend, Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church since John Paul II in 1981 to…

Hope from Vietnamese-American Admiral

Huan Nguyen recently became America’s first Vietnamese American admiral.  His parents and five siblings were killed by the Viet Cong…

Rights Abuse: Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and the War on Terror
Rights Abuse: Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and the War on Terror

If an assessment of and recommitment to human rights protections is the mandate of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, I humbly suggest they study the current status of the most basic rights and lessons to be drawn from the post-9/11 context.

Caution Needed as Trump Ponders Pardons
Caution Needed as Trump Ponders Pardons

Even with a strong desire to grant mercy—truly undeserved mercy—Americans must energetically seek justice, even in warfare, lest we become like the enemies we seek to defeat: who are without America’s long tradition of rooting our laws in the laws of the God of the Bible.

Can Weaponry Be Humane?
Can Weaponry Be Humane?

The development of this weaponry raises a question relevant to Christian ethics: Can weaponry be humane?