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Aug 8, 2014

The U.S. is Bombing Iraq (again)

Take a deep breath. Or scream if you need to—I just did. The sobering news of the day is that the United States military has begun a bombing campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But how will these bombings produce a more positive outcome—or even peace, the ultimate objective—than did U.S. bombs in 1990-1991 and 2003-2011?

Jun 16, 2014

Iraq: The Fall of Tal Afar

A decade after the invasion, almost no positive effect of our involvement in Iraq remains intact and yet the talk is almost exclusively around military intervention. Yet he same generals and political figures who marched us down the war path in 2003—and subsequently failed— are now calling for a military intervention yet again in Iraq.

Jan 16, 2013

Faith Groups Call for Gun Violence Prevention

At a Jan 15 press event on Capitol Hill announcing unity among faith groups to push for the adoption of gun violence prevention, I joined forty-six faith groups representing over 80 million Americans urging Congress and the White House to take action.

Nov 2, 2012

Assassination: A Permanent Foreign Policy?

The below post is by former FCNL legislative secretary Bridget Moix.
The title of the article alone should have sent us all straight to FCNL’s legislative action center to write a letter of protest to our members of Congress. “Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists,” the October 23, Washington Post headline read, the latest in its “Permanent War” series. My stomach turned as I read. “Hunting”? “Kill lists”? Is this really how far our foreign policy has fallen?

No. It’s worse actually.

May 11, 2012

Food vs. Fighter Jets

Tight budgets mean choices. Choices mean making priorities. I hope to live in a country that prioritizes educated, healthy, well fed people over another useless toy.

Jan 13, 2011

A Nation of Laws? Or Assassins?

Remote control killings by unmanned drones in Pakistan will not end the war in Afghanistan or make our country more secure.

The failure of the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan to contain the anti-government insurgency has led the Obama administration to expand the undeclared war in Pakistan. According to the Long War Journal, the number of U.S. attacks in Pakistan, using unmanned Predator drones, has gone from five in 2007 to 117 in 2010.

Government officials here in Washington say privately that they expect the covert war to expand even further this year. Yet Congress and the public have undertaken no significant examination of this new war's consequences.

Dec 29, 2010

The Companies Behind Drones and Targeted Assassinations

The failed U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan is leading the Obama administration to expand the undeclared war in Pakistan. One aspect of this new war is the escalating number of targeted assassinations by unmanned drones. According to the Long War Journal, the number of U.S. drone strikes has risen from 35 in the last year of the Bush administration to an estimated 115 in 2010.

Dec 17, 2010

Afghanistan war spreading to Pakistan, review says

The US military led strategy in Afghanistan is spreading resistance and anti-American sentiment to Pakistan, and increasing instability in the region. The US must rethink and abandon this military led strategy or risk escalating the US war in Afghanistan to neighboring countries.

Nov 30, 2010

One year after West Point, still no military solution in Afghanistan

One year after President Obama’s December 1, 2009 address to a captive West Point audience, US policy in Afghanistan is not producing regional stability or a way to end the war.

Nov 22, 2010

Budget Puzzle

On November 13th the New York Times launched an online interactive you-fix-the-deficit-puzzle. The Budget Puzzle allows readers to pick and choose what they would cut from the budget or what taxes they would raise in order to close the ballooning deficit. The puzzle has been well received with over 1 million views.

Nov 17, 2010

Questions for Mary Ellen O’Connell About U.S. Drones and Targeted Killing

Mary Ellen O’Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Chair in Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution—Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. I asked her about U.S. Drones and Targeted Killings.

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