Rand Paul hold Congress accountable on AUMF

Rand Paul hold Congress accountable on AUMF

If there is a shining light in this episode, it's that more and more members of Congress realize it’s becoming politically unacceptable to avoid a war vote. Paul’s amendment may have been tabled—for now—but the spirit behind that amendment lives on. Our armed forces have the courage to risk their lives—Congress should have the moral and ethical courage to do their job, and do what’s right: vote on this most solemn decision.

A North Korea Deterrent Strategy

A North Korea Deterrent Strategy

North Korea presents a problem that cannot be resolved with coercion, but the problem must be addressed thoughtfully to be countered effectively, and at an acceptable cost. U.S. policymakers should accelerate planning on a North Korea deterrence and containment strategy, the same strategy that proved to work with far stronger adversaries, like the Soviet Union and China.

Here’s what war with North Korea would look like

Here’s what war with North Korea would look like

The “horror” would set in as thousands were killed or wounded. In some estimates, the North would inflict 20,000 casualties a day in Seoul alone for the first several days. The herculean effort to limit collateral damage witnessed in our Middle Eastern wars will be impossible to repeat. We will operate within the laws of armed conflict, but significant loss of innocent life would be unavoidable due to the locations North Korea chooses for its weapons.

The U.S. should get out of Yemen’s civil war

The U.S. should get out of Yemen’s civil war

President Obama’s administration, and now President Trump’s, provides the Saudis with intelligence and logistical support, and refuels their fighters in the air over Yemen, allowing Saudi warplanes to fly longer sorties and drop more bombs. At America’s base in Djibouti, Saudi operators launch American-made Reaper drones. But why is Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and why is Washington backing the Saudi-led coalition?

A U.S.- North Korea Hotline

A U.S.- North Korea Hotline

North Korea most likely will not denuclearize, as the U.N. Security Council has long demanded. But if denuclearization is still an option, it won't happen until there is a substantive and durable negotiating process between the U.S. and North Korea—a fantasy that is at best far off into the future. In the interim, the least we can do is decrease the chances of hostile rhetoric blowing up into a regional war.