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Former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy Andrew Exum is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. From 2015 to 2016, he was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy.
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The Hubris of Hezbollah

September 18, 2017 Two weeks ago, James Mattis, the U.S. secretary of defense, attempted to justify the provision of U.S. arms to Ukraine. “Defensive arms,” he said, “are not provocative unless you are the aggressor.” The claim was as banal as it was wrong. Secretary Mattis’s statement made for good politics, and it...

Analysis: How Mattis May Get Himself in Trouble With Trump

August 31, 2017 Washington, D.C., has been especially sensitive to more signs of disloyalty from the president’s advisors ever since both the president’s chief economic advisor and his secretary of state very publicly and clearly broke ranks last week to criticize the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. Some of that sensitivity...

How Mattis May Get Himself in Trouble With Trump

August 31, 2017 Washington, D.C., has been especially sensitive to more signs of disloyalty from the president’s advisors ever since both the president’s chief economic advisor and his secretary of state very publicly and clearly broke ranks last week to criticize the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. Some of that sensitivity...

When Will Enough Be Enough in Afghanistan?

August 22, 2017 Trump is the American Everyman on Afghanistan. He is frustrated that we’re still there after 16 years—who wouldn’t be?—and questions why we’ve spent so much blood and treasure in a land-locked country in Central Asia when roads and bridges go unrepaired at home. But Trump the president is not Trump...

Analysis: Why Military Chiefs Are Condemning White Supremacy

August 17, 2017 Since the president of the United States cast his lot in with white supremacists in his #NotAllNazis moment this week, the nation’s military service chiefs have responded with full-throated statements rejecting extremism and intolerance. These statements have alarmed many. “If we lived in a different sort of country,” Fred Kaplan...

Why Military Chiefs Are Condemning White Supremacy

August 17, 2017 Since the president of the United States cast his lot in with white supremacists in his #NotAllNazis moment this week, the nation’s military service chiefs have responded with full-throated statements rejecting extremism and intolerance. These statements have alarmed many. “If we lived in a different sort of country,” Fred Kaplan...

Analysis: The Dangerous Politicization of the Military

July 24, 2017 Last week, the head of the French armed forces angrily resigned after disagreements with his new president, Emmanuel Macron, over the defense budget. This was the first resignation of its kind in France in six decades, but it was enough to remind me how much Americans take healthy civil-military relations...

The Dangerous Politicization of the US Military

July 24, 2017 Last week, the head of the French armed forces angrily resigned after disagreements with his new president, Emmanuel Macron, over the defense budget. This was the first resignation of its kind in France in six decades, but it was enough to remind me how much Americans take healthy civil-military relations...

If Trump Undermines the Iran Deal

July 23, 2017 There was a lot of news lost at the end of last week when Sean Spicer, the hapless White House press secretary, finally resigned. In any other news cycle, the revelation that Jared Kushner forgot about $10 million in assets on his ethics forms (we’ve all been there) or a...

The Dangers of Presidential Indiscretions

May 16, 2017 The nation’s secrets belong to the president. As The Washington Post acknowledged when it reported that the president had passed highly classified information to the Russians last week, the president has “broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.” Put another way, in...