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Why Private Contractors Can’t Replace Ongoing Military Presence in Afghanistan

Tom McCuin / Jul 12, 2018

An opinion piece published Wednesday calls for President Donald Trump to withdraw most U.S. troops from Afghanistan in favor of using private contractors to train and support the Afghan Army.

Poland Willing to Pay Up for a Permanent U.S. Military Presence

Tom McCuin / Jul 11, 2018

Poland has been an eager partner since its admission into NATO. Its proposal deserves serious consideration.

Will Mike Pompeo Make the Koreans an Offer They Can’t Refuse?

Tom McCuin / Jul 10, 2018

With all the personal insults that have flown between Trump and Kim — “Little Rocket Man” and “dotard” being the most memorable — I’m surprised that no one has talked about how personally insulting the latest Korean broadside is.

National Security, Not Sympathy, Determines Who is Eligible for MAVNI Program

Tom McCuin / Jul 9, 2018

National security, naturally, is the primary concern when screening people for national security roles.

U.S. to Soften North Korean Approach

Tom McCuin / Jul 6, 2018

The State Department on Tuesday departed from the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization” language, speaking instead of “the final, fully-verified denuclearization of the DPRK.” The difference is subtle, and yet striking.

More Novichok Madness – Persistent Chemical Agent Hits Unsuspecting Brits

Tom McCuin / Jul 5, 2018

Police on Wednesday afternoon announced that Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, two Britons found unconscious on Saturday, had not overdosed on narcotics but were in fact the victims of Novichok poisoning.

Does the President Know Nothing About NATO? Why This Alliance is Worth Defending

Tom McCuin / Jul 3, 2018

In the face of a resurgent Russia, the North Atlantic Treaty is as relevant as it’s ever been. The president would be well advised to work to preserve it, not tear it apart from within.

North Korea Keeps Nuclear Facade, Awaiting Actual Orders to Denuclearize

Tom McCuin / Jul 2, 2018

No one said the road to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula would be a smooth one. North Korea’s long history of deceit, duplicity, and double-dealing is no secret, and for the moment, it is safe to assume they’re going to continue doing what they’ve always done.