In Defense of Crazy Talk: Why Bradford’s West Point Article is Worth Talking About

War on The Rocks September 10, 2015 The dust has now settled after William C. Bradford, a newly hired West Point law professor, made headlines for a controversial essay published in the little-read student-run National Security Law Journal. The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman reported that Bradford was denied tenure a decade ago from the Indiana University School of Law for wildly misrepresenting…

Torture Doesn’t Work: The CIA Torture Report’s Long Shadow

The National Interest December 11, 2014 Despite more than a decade of reports that the U.S. government had tortured high-level terrorist suspects, including a frank, if detached, admission from President Obama that the nation had “tortured some folks,” Tuesday’s release of the Senate study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program was chilling. We learned…

Whack-a-Mole: Obama’s Real ISIS Strategy

The National Interest September 12, 2014 Two weeks after declaring that he had no strategy for dealing with ISIS, President Obama declared his existing policy a strategy. Given that he came to national prominence and won the presidency almost solely on the basis of having been alone among the serious Democratic aspirants to have opposed…

Ahmed Abu Khattala and the Miranda-Rights Question

Butch Bracknell and James Joyner The National Interest July 7, 2014 The September 11, 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya were, according to U.S. law enforcement and intelligence sources, designed and led by Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan jihadist. Recently, Khattala was captured by U.S. special-operations forces and transported to a U.S. Navy…

Risk-Terrorism Analysis

TCS Daily August 21, 2006 Reason magazine science correspondent and TCS Daily contributor Ron Bailey argues that our fear of terrorist attacks is irrational, because you’re more likely to die of a car accident, drowning, fire, or murder. He concludes that, “with risks this low there is no reason for us not to continue to live our…

Bombing to Lose: Why Israel failed in Lebanon

Reason August 16, 2006 Just hours after the cease-fire with Lebanon took effect Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave a speech to the Knesset acknowledging “deficiencies” in the way the war was conducted. Buffeted by critics on the left and right, he added that, “We will have to review ourselves in all the battles” and pledged,…

Panoptic War

TCS Daily June 8, 2006 Editor’s Note:  Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed.  Images of Zarqawi’s face are making the rounds as you read this, reinforcing many of Dr. Joyner’s assertions below. The war in Iraq has had powerful images from the beginning and public perceptions of the war have shifted along with the prevailing images. The…

The State of the Enemy

TCS Daily January 30, 2006 As President Bush prepares to give his annual address on the State of the Union (I predict it will be “strong”) it is time to reflect on the state of our enemy. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon argue in a New York Times op-ed that al Qaeda is still quite strong, mostly because…

Suicide Girls

TCS Daily January 18, 2006 Americans woke one Tuesday morning recently to news that women had strapped bombs to themselves and detonated them inside the Baghdad police academy—killing over two dozen people and injuring nearly forty. Later in the day, the Defense Department reported that the attackers were, in fact, male and noted that suicide bombings by women…

Who’s Watching the Watchers

TCS Daily December 21, 2005 Last Friday, the New York Times unleashed a bombshell with a front page story reporting that the Bush administration had repeatedly ordered the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance within the United States without a warrant. Congressmen, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, immediately called for hearings. Some, including California Senator Barbara Boxer and Georgia…