The Water's Edge

James M. Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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Was It Worth It?

Dan asks a question that everyone who has ever signed up for military service has likely asked: was it worth it? His answer is worth reading.  Read More

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
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The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.
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Remembering Those Whom Memorial Day Honors
The stories of six Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor for making the ultimate sacrifice.
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