Tag Archives: War

Novel Torture Techniques

Andrew Sullivan reports on the worst outlet for American creativity: devising new and all-but-deadly ways of torturing war-on-terror detainees. Here, “dryboarding,” practiced on Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, whose detention the Fourth Circuit resoundingly rejected years ago.

The Post-War on Terror Republican Party

Moammar Ghadafi’s death comes as just the most recent in a string of events putting the lie, conclusively, to the notion that Democrats are too weak, diplomatic, even-tempered, internationalist, or what-have-you to lead the American military. And every day the country survives without a terrorist attack counts as one more blow to the theory that […]

Wartime Process

Please excuse the interrupted posting schedule — it’s like this, but probably in a good way ;). Basically, wish me luck for some things that have to happen today. With apologies to Glenn Greenwald, I think it’s time for Democrats (and Americans, writ large) to become comfortable with targeted killing, even of a U.S. citizen. […]

The American Concept in Libya

A few months back, The New Yorker attempted to set out a synthesis explaining the President’s foreign policy strategy, as applied to Libya, the “Arab Spring,” and beyond. They concluded that the administration was attempting to “lead from behind” — which David Remnick corrects to “leading from behind the scenes” — by pushing for American […]

Stuxnet: a Hypothetical on the Changing Face of Unilateral War Power Problem

On this site, we’ve spent a fair bit of time arguing about whether the current military action in Libya was “authorized” (no), whether it therefore becomes unconstitutional (no), and whether it should be unconstitutional (maybe). Here’s a variant on the theme. Can the President order a cyber attack on a foreign power, despite the absence […]

Picking a Better Framework for Starting (and Maintaining) Wars

A while back, I argued that because the War Powers Resolution doesn’t treat anything less than a ground war as a war, Obama’s handling of Libya is, whatever else it may be, constitutional. I still think that’s true: the legislative history plainly contemplates restricting only the President’s right to start a ground war, and the text of the […]

The “Bush-Obama” View of Warfare

Joe Scarborough rightly tags a particularly absurd nascent media narrative: that the GOP’s opposition to President Obama’s Libya intervention constitutes “isolationism.” It doesn’t. First, to ascribe a particular ideological label to the Republican Party’s position here posits an actual, unitary, coherent worldview. Maybe that’s a reasonable assumption with other major political actors, but the Republican […]

Non-Delegation and Perpetual War

Set aside for a minute bizarre tea party concerns with the administrative state (a.k.a, “socialism”): agencies are here to stay. They’re valuable things, subject-matter experts with both the time and knowledge to solve problems well. But they’re not little legislatures. The Constitution vests Congress with the legislative power, and only Congress; for an agency to […]

Detention as a Model for American Values

Because I found myself in D.C. until late last night — for this event, which was nothing less than amazing — I lack time to write what I’ve wanted to for some time. Stay tuned! In the alternative, don’t miss this post on Andrew Sullivan’s recently re-sited blog: All war is unspeakable – but there […]

Towards an “Obama Doctrine”: the Efficient Hegemon

I’ve recently acquired a decent respect for Joe Scarborough. He seems, to a certain extent, to defy easy labeling as another mouth of the hydra-headed, but uniformly extreme, Republican Party (e.g.). But that respect has its limits. In a Politico op-ed, Scarborough asks where the liberal outrage is over Libya — he apparently reads neither […]