Robinson: No end in sight

September 1, 2010
Operation Iraqi Freedom has officially ended. Starting on the March 19, 2003, what began as an attempt to remove the genocidal regime of Saddam Hussein from power and eliminate illegal weapons programs became something more politically complex and catastrophically violent than any of the nations involved in the invasion had ever anticipated. In a televised »

Robinson: On the plan in Afghanistan

February 19, 2010
This past weekend began the largest offensive operation in the history of the war in Afghanistan. The objective of this operation is the city of Marja, which has been under effective Quetta Shura Taliban occupation and administration. But a further objective is to implement a Petraeus-influenced counterinsurgency strategy, which helped stabilize Iraq. Although it is »

Robinson: Palin’s bigger blunder

February 10, 2010
Author’s Note Appended Last weekend, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate gave the keynote speech at the first National Tea Party Conference. It was a speech carried by many news channels and one that is still receiving a lot of attention. By now, the story is old: Sarah Palin glanced at some »

Robinson: Ditching ‘Don’t Ask’

January 28, 2010
Mr. President, this is your Harry S. Truman moment. Last night, in his State of the Union address, President Obama committed to work on repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prevents members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community from serving openly in the United States armed forces. In his words: “It »

Robinson: Those who serve

November 11, 2009
This is my first Veterans Day since leaving the United States Army after almost five years of active duty. While the nation enjoys a federal holiday, I’ll be attending class with the rest of the student body. But today still begs a moment of reflection. Yale, despite its international prestige and multicultural atmosphere, is an »

Robinson: A difficult line in Afghanistan

November 2, 2009
Now that Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has dropped out of the runoff election leaving the path clear for Hamid Karzai to remain President, the next major decision point on the Afghanistan war — whether the U.S. should pledge more troops — can be expected within weeks, if not days. Gen. Stanley McChrystal has stated that he »