Stephen Glain


What Actually Motivated Osama bin Laden

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After 10 years of waiting, billions of dollars spent, and thousands of lives lost, there was something anticlimactic about Osama bin Laden’s violent demise.

He went down in a torrent of lead in a seedy fortified compound, more like the doomed bête noire in a Hollywood gangster film than the ...

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bin Laden, Osama
al-Qaida
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
White House
Congress

Wikileaks Guantanamo Files Show the Great Cost of the U.S. Empire

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While working in Baghdad in June 2003, as the armed insurrection that would soon turn Iraq into a holocaust was quivering to life, I attended a U.S. military briefing inside the Green Zone. In response to the rise in guerrilla attacks on U.S. forces, reporters were told, the Pentagon was unleashing ...

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al-Qaida
Bush, George W.
Congress
Guantánamo Bay
national security terrorism and the military

The Budget and the Real Scandal of Foreign Aid

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In the mythology of our federal budget wars, no expenditure is as misunderstood as the “burden” of foreign aid. Not only does America’s foreign assistance budget represent a small slice of public outlays--less than 1 percent, compared with the two-thirds or so that is consumed by the Pentagon and ...

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Pakistan
Afghanistan
Iraq
Egypt
Israel
USAID
foreign policy
foreign aid
Middle East
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
deficit and national debt
national security terrorism and the military

Washington Is Preparing for a Long War With China

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In my upcoming book about the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, I argue that Washington’s refusal to tolerate China as a regional power will render a Sino-American war all but inevitable. It now appears the Pentagon’s war horse has officially left the barn.

An article posted this week by Inside ...

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Asia
Pentagon
Department of Defense
politics
deficit and national debt
defense spending
national security terrorism and the military
Libya
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Iraq
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
China

No, Libya's Not a Core National Security Interest. But So What?

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For those with memories that exceed the half-life of a midyear election cycle, there was a tinny ring to gripes from lawmakers and pundits about how President Obama was dragging the nation into a war with no vital interests at stake. Foreign policy specialists like former National Security Adviser ...

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Libya
national security terrorism and the military
Lugar, Richard
Republican Party
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Iraq war (1991)
World War II
Cold War
Albright, Madeleine K.
Obama, Barack
Truman, Harry S
Kosovo
Russia
Vietnam War
Vietnam
Kennedy, John
Johnson, Lyndon

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