Freedom without constraints: how the US squandered its cold war victory

The long read: The US believed the American way of life was humankinds ultimate destiny. But unrestrained greed has led to an era of injustice and division. By Andrew Bacevich Without the Cold War, whats the point of being an American? Harry Rabbit Angstrom, the novelist John Updikes late-20th-century everyman, posed that question just as the long twilight struggle was winding down. More than quarter of a century later, the plaintive query still awaits a definitive answer. Indeed, the passage of time has only sown confusion about whether there is a point to being an American. Even as the cold war was ending, Updikes everyman was not alone in feeling at a loss. By the 1980s, the cold war had …

Russia starts testing its own internal internet

Russia has begun testing a national internet system that would function as an alternative to the broader web, according to local news reports. Exactly what stage the country has reached is unclear, but certainly the goal of a resilient — and perhaps more easily controlled — internet is being pursued. The internet, of course, is made up of a global web of infrastructure that must interface physically, virtually and, increasingly, politically with the countries to which it connects. Some countries, like China, have opted to very carefully regulate that interface, controlling which websites, apps and services can be accessed from the local side of that interface. Russia has increasingly leaned toward that approach, with President Putin signing a law earlier …

The Real Steele: The Ex-MI6 Spy Looms Large in the New DOJ Reportand a Big Best Seller

In a much anticipated Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exonerated the FBI from allegations of abuse of power and political bias against the Trump campaign during its initial investigation of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The dossiers allegations also propelled the FBI to intensify its Russia probe, which was already under way. Yes, we're talking about that dossier. It was never intended to go public in its raw form, which Steele long ago conceded might only be 70 percent accurate. And when it did hit the media, published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 days before Trumps inauguration, many headlines focused on an allegation by Steeles sources that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas had …

Who Needs NATO?

PARISJust at the moment members of the House of Representatives were closing in on Henry Kissinger, he did that fairly well. Among his goals on that trip: to reassure Europe about Americas commitment to the North Atlantic Alliance. But if the mission to reportedly said last month that Trump might pull out of the organization altogether if elected to a second term. Macron, meanwhile, went one step further when he talked about the brain death of NATO in anThe Economistwrote, If Americans complain about having to pay most of the cost of the alliance, Europeans could reply that thats only fair if NATO is going to be little more than the American Foreign Legion. (Trump on Tuesday was talking about …