Mary L. Dudziak (Emory): Death and the War Power. John C. Dehn (Loyola): Why a President Cannot Authorize the Military to Violate (Most of) the Law of War. Robert Knowles (Valparaiso): Warfare as Regulation. Frances FitzGerald reviews The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward. Louis Menand reviews The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot. Why America doesn’t win wars anymore: Alex Ward interviews Dominic Tierney, author of The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts. Spaces of terror: Antonio Cerella on how it looks like the Orwellian nightmare of the world as a battlefield has come true.

War games: Scott Beauchamp on the cozy relationship between perpetual war and total entertainment. Sean Illing interviews David Patrikarakos, author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. Can’t kill enough to win? Think again (and a response). Phil Klay on the plunging morale of America’s service members. Will America’s endless wars without victory be the next source fueling popular revolt against the political establishment? The peace coalition: Lauren Jannette reviews War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 by Michael Kazin.

From RAND, a research report on U.S. Presence and the Incidence of Conflict. Belen Fernandez on the United States: Addicted to special forces. How special forces bury the true cost of America’s wars. Stephanie Savell on the real reason Americans don’t care about the costs of war — and what we can do to change that. To stop endless war, raise taxes: Until the public has to pay for war, it won’t demand peace. Hamilton Nolan on two simple rules to prevent war. How Google could help end war: By renouncing military contracts, Google could catalyze a much-needed discussion about how the U.S. and other nations can move beyond militarism.


Patrick Barry (Michigan): The Rule of Three. Greece and Macedonia have signed a deal that aims to settle a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name. Alexis Tsipras deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Catherine Rampell on how Trump’s tariffs are already backfiring. “Why can’t we just do it?”: Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes. Cheryl Wischhover on how soccer players’ hair became so influential. Matt Ford on the consequences of the Supreme Court’s punt on gerrymandering. Joseph Heath on the problem with “critical” studies (and a response). Brian Feldman on the coming sad decline of the post–net neutrality Internet. You can download The Problem of Political Theology, ed. Pawel Armada, Arkadiusz Gornisiewicz, and Krzysztof C. Matuszek (2012).


Emily Stewart on the past 72 hours in outrage over Trump’s immigrant family separation policy, explained. Understanding the administration’s monstrous immigration policies: Brianna Rennix on what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. McAllen, Texas, immigration processing center is largest in U.S. The ICE ruse: How agents impersonate local law enforcement and lie to make arrests. Donald Trump’s cruel immigration politics is a scam. The government has no plan for reuniting the immigrant families it is tearing apart. Separating families at border was always part of the plan. Miller time: Family separation policy is just the beginning. Trump sees immigrant children as bargaining chips in political fight (and more). Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms. GOP fears midterms backlash from breaking up families at the border. We’re getting a taste of the backlash mass deportation would create.

Sessions says family separation is “necessary” to keep the country from being “overwhelmed” — federal immigration data says otherwise. “We will not apologize”: Trump DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen defends immigration policy (and more and more). Josh Marshall on family separation, evil via policy and the internal contradictions of Trumpism. White House says separating migrant families is “biblical” — prominent Christians disagree. On sending women home to die: Rafia Zakaria on what denying asylum to victims of domestic abuse means, in real life. Sarah Jones on motherhood and the morality of Trump’s immigration policy. Yoka Verdoner: “Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime”. William Wan on what separation from parents does to children: “The effect is catastrophic”. These children will have stories to tell — and they will be told.

Ann Coulter smears immigrant children as “child actors”. The author whose work Ann Coulter cited to defend family separations says Coulter must be illiterate. Ann Coulter’s vicious, dehumanizing book about immigrants is effective propaganda. Trump’s voters separated the families — they’ll never apologize for doing so. Trump job approval at 45%, tying personal best (and more).

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