Jacob Siegel is a writer living in New York and one of the authors of Fire and Forget. He was formerly a reporter at the Daily Beast covering war and security issues.
When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.
Intelligence and surveillance powers that once belonged only to militaries and state spooks are now available to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.
Reports of infighting between the president and the guy who replaced Mike Flynn might actually be a healthy sign for civilian control of the military.
Memes function like IEDs.
My own deployment in 2012 was confusing. Four years and a new president later, the situation is still a tangled mess.
The reality TV star has his skeptics, but polls and interviews suggest most US troops are on board with Trump.
Experts say bombings by the US and its allies may cost ISIS some turf but won't stop it from launching attacks around the world.