The Great Debate

Why I’m voting for the first time in 2016

November 23, 2015
Bianca Bush looks out from the ballot booth as her father Michael Bush casts his vote during the U.S. presidential election at a poling station in the Staten Island Borough of New York, November 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3A2FX

Bianca Bush looks out from the ballot booth as her father Michael Bush casts his vote during the U.S. presidential election at a poling station in New York, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Why killers’ families always seem to be the last to know

November 23, 2015

Updated Dec. 7, 2015 Weapons and other evidence are shown on a tarp near a SUV involved in the Wednesdays attack is shown in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why a man and a woman opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1X3FC

Weapons and other evidence are shown on a tarp near an SUV involved in Wednesday’s attack in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Fear throws its hat into the ring for 2016 race

November 23, 2015
Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump react as a protestor interrupts a campaign rally in Worcester, Massachusetts November 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS7UQ4

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump react as a protestor interrupts a campaign rally in Worcester, Massachusetts November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

What the Paris attacks and the fall of Rome have in common: Nothing

November 20, 2015
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The ruins of the Roman city of Ephesus in Turkey in 2007. COURTESY of Jason Fields

No, the Paris attacks don’t signal the end of Western Civilization

November 20, 2015
The Colosseum in Rome in May 2009. COURTESY of Jason Fields

The Colosseum in Rome in May 2009. COURTESY of Jason Fields

PARIS — In the days since the Paris attacks, the Place de la République — the majestic square near the Bataclan Theater, and five minutes on foot from my apartment — has become a kind of free university. At its center stands a 30-foot statue of Marianne, defiant symbol of the republic, trimmed now with candles, placards, and anti-terrorist graffiti. It is a place where France teaches itself about itself.

One phrase from Saudi clerics could begin the end of Islamic State

November 19, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Malcolm Nance

The recent terror attacks in Paris shook the world and put the focus back on Islamic State. This week on War College, we talk with American Special Operations intelligence veteran Malcolm Nance. Nance literally wrote the textbook on Iraq’s terrorists and is the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project.

What 100,000 U.S. boots on the ground get you in Syria

November 19, 2015
U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles drive through Camp Adder before departing what is now known as Imam Ali Base near Nasiriyah, Iraq  December 16, 2011. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending their withdrawal after nearly nine years of war and military intervention that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives.   Picture taken December 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Mario Tama/Pool   (IRAQ - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2VDWY

U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles drive through Camp Adder before departing what is now known as Imam Ali Base near Nasiriyah, Iraq December 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Tama/Pool

How Western politicians are playing into Islamic State’s hands

November 19, 2015
A migrant from Syria carries his bicycle on railway near the Greek border in Macedonia  June 17, 2015.  Hungary announced plans on Wednesday to build a four-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants. Several thousand migrants are daily crossing the Balkans towards Hungary on their way to other European Union countries. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski  - RTX1GZ3Y

A migrant from Syria carries his bicycle on railway near the Greek border in Macedonia June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski –

Yes, the media is to blame for the GOP primary mess

November 18, 2015
Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump takes interviews in the spin room after the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin November 10, 2015.REUTERS/Darren Hauck - RTS6EQX

Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump n the spin room after the Republican presidential candidate debate held by Fox Business Network in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015.REUTERS/Darren Hauck

Islamic State has become an existential threat to the West

November 18, 2015
Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKNM

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer