Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars for the 21st century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing. During the 20th century it was important that the law and the allied war strategy were separate. According to Bobbitt, “We won the war and then the law followed.” In the current century, however, Bobbitt says, our challenge is to unite the two: law and war strategy must meet because we are now fighting to protect what free people have the lawful right to do. But how do we strengthen the power of government to protect us and at the same time protect civil and human rights? (32:00) Video transcript
"Bush lied, people died”; “Bush came into office intent on launching a war in Iraq”; “There was no plan for postwar Iraq” are just three charges in the prevailing narrative that has emerged since the beginning of the Iraq war. In refuting them, Doug Feith offers a firsthand insight into the decision-making process at the Pentagon in the lead-up to the war and during its first few years. He also discusses the wars greatest blunders – failure to provide adequate security after Saddam’s fall and the decision to maintain an occupation government in Iraq for over a year – as well as the tremendous shortcomings in pre-war intelligence. Finally, almost seven years after the September 11 attacks, he addresses whether the United States government is changing fast enough to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century security environment. (35:35) Video transcript
In fulfillment of my promise last week to provide analysis of the various pieces of new Senate legislation, here are some thoughts on the new version of Senator Lindsey Graham’s
At long last the United States has decided to enter into the fray in Libya, not as a leader, but as a follower. The United States has deferred to the United Nations and to Britain and France. The President seems to have deferred to his Secretary of State. And, lo, the Congr
Richard Epstein and John Yoo deconstruct presidential powers concerning the government shutdown, the Mueller investigation, and the potential for impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House.
The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology and Law Working Group, along with Hoover's Washington, DC office discussed Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair. Benjamin Wittes (Hoover working group member and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution), Russell Miller (professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law) and Prof. Ralf Poscher (professor of law at University of Freiberg) discussed fundamental differences in the way that Americans and Europeans approach the issues of privacy and intelligence-gathering.
The Obama administration’s release of its plan to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay and bring the detainees to the United States has rekindled an intense political debate regarding the best way to deal with captured illegal combatants who lack allegiance to a nation-state.
Despite the economic storm, European voters refuse to let the traditional left take the wheel. By Patrick Chamorel.
Look at the biggest antipoverty success story of recent years—welfare reform—and you might see the makings of a solution to illegal immigration. By Jeffery M. Jones.
The 9/11 attacks were the clearest possible call for effective national intelligence. Why are we still waiting? By Amy B. Zegart.
The Scheinman collection brings to life the story of how two friends, a white American and a black Kenyan, helped African democracy bloom. By Tom Shachtman.
Broadening the threat of retaliation
Blame-shifting after 9/11.
This is a democracy. Congress must legislate.