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Containing the National Security State represents more than 100 editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy.

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The Mainstream Media’s Unwillingness to Challenge U.S. Militarization

The Washington Post finally conceded in an editorial last week that the United States must “spend smarter” when it comes to defense.  Instead of looking for ways to cut defense spending, however, the Post simply wants to spend differently.  It favors more spending on conventional and nuclear-armed submarines, despite the huge U.S. advantage in both power projection and lethality…

The Washington Post’s Newest Strategy for Challenging China

The Washington Post’s oped writers on national security are mostly in agreement on the importance of challenging and even confronting China.  Writers such as David Ignatius, Marc Thiessen, and particularly Josh Rogin favor greater defense spending and Indo-Pacific deployments to deal with the problem of China.  They give little attention to the possibility of dealing…

The Global Importance of Sino-American Relations

There is no more important diplomatic relationship for the United States than its relations with China.  The reverse is true for China as well.  If Washington and Beijing can’t solve their political and economic issues than there will be regional instability in the Indo-Pacific region that will ripple through the world.  For the global community…

The Biden Administration and the Crossroads of Conflict

Over the past fifteen years, President Joe Biden has been committed to reducing the U.S. use of military force in the Third World.  Biden tried to convince President Barack Obama to reduce the military presence in Afghanistan, and warned Obama about pressure from the Pentagon, particularly from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to expand the…