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How the Bush Administration Failed: A Review of Robert Draper’s To Start a War
How the Bush Administration Failed: A Review of Robert Draper’s To Start a War

Robert Draper’s book To Start a War details why the Bush administration made a gravely mistaken decision, despite having clearly met the jus ad bellum criteria of “right intention.”

Russiagate and the Failure of “Experts” - Donald Trump - No Collusion
Russiagate and the Failure of “Experts”

To have former heads of our most important and sensitive agencies spinning conspiracy theories as if they were facts can only do harm to our government and our trust in our intelligence services.

Post-Truth and Consequences
Post-Truth and Consequences

If we cannot agree on what is true and where to find the truth—even on whether there’s such a thing as truth—how can we develop, build support for, and carry out policies that defend our nation and deter our enemies?

George H.W. Bush: Reflections, Prayers, and a Bipartisan Friendship
George H.W. Bush: Prayers, Reflections, and a Bipartisan Friendship

In Providence’s latest newsletter, Mark Melton reflects on George H.W. Bush, his bipartisan friendship with Bill Clinton, and lessons for a highly partisan America today.

Covert Operations: Just War or Dirty Hands?
Covert Operations: Just War or Dirty Hands?

Two Christian schools of thought might support covert operations and espionage: the just war tradition and a kind of “dirty hands” moralism. The dirty hands view says all those in political power must unavoidably resort to evil for the common good. The just war tradition has a different approach.

Orlando Letelier
Dumb Dictatorships and the Assassinations of Orlando Letelier and Jamal Khashoggi

Yesterday was a glorious DC autumn afternoon for walking down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue, which includes many statues of…

Are We Still Fighting a Cold War?
Are We Still Fighting a Cold War?

There is no nation in which we can place total faith.

American Blunders in the Middle East: A Review of Michael Doran’s in Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East
American Blunders in the Middle East: A Review of Doran’s Ike’s Gamble

Michael Doran’s book shows how the Eisenhower administration made several mistakes in the Middle East, and today policymakers can learn from them.

Consistently Inconsistent: Haspel’s Appointment Exposes Disingenuous Democrats
Consistently Inconsistent: Haspel’s Appointment Exposes Disingenuous Democrats

John Brennan, who could be credibly blamed as one of the waterboarding program’s chief supporters, seems to escape with little to no blame, while Gina Haspel, who was carrying out the orders of her higher-ups, gets accused of moral impropriety because she was tasked with implementing their plan.