America and the Islamic State both hope to change the world with rivers of blood

Summary: We have learned something from our wars; in weeks the case for war has been debunked to a degree that took years after 9/11. Many have questioned the logic of our strategy and its odds of success. But few have asked about our methods, and their similarity to those of ISIS. We have a … Continue reading America and the Islamic State both hope to change the world with rivers of blood

Is Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Terrorism?

Summary:  Since our side has initiated assassination of Iranian scientists, we have a guest article by Kevin Jon Heller discussing the status of these actions under international law.  That is, under the global regime instituted by the US after WWII, one of the nation's greatest contributions to the world.  Not that we care if such actions are legal, … Continue reading Is Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Terrorism?

James Bond is not just our hero, but the model for our geopolitical strategy

I enjoyed Ian Fleming's books about James Bond, and some of the movies too (esp. Casino Royale).  But should we base our geopolitical strategyon fielding teams of "00" agents (and special operators) to kill our enemies?  Will this make us safer, or make more likely what we most wish to avoid? Consider this: Many (most?) nations … Continue reading James Bond is not just our hero, but the model for our geopolitical strategy