Holiday Special: 2019’s ten most popular Lawfire posts (and some additional favorites)!

Looking for some holiday reading? A very wide range of national and, really, international security issues confronted the U.S. and the world in 2019, and Lawfire® readers got a unique perspective on many of them.  Here’s 2019’s list of the top ten most-viewed posts by readers across the globe:

1) Can Presidents ‘fire’ senior military officers? Generally, yes…but it’s complicated (2016).

2) No; the “laws of war” are not “history”  (2019).

3) Discerning myths from facts: some questions for the incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2019).

4) Yes, the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden was lawful (2019).

5) Disasters and Emergencies: Legal authorities and the military’s role (2017).

6) Why an apolitical military is so important in an era of an “All-Volunteer” force  (2019).

7) Should retired servicemembers be subject to military jurisdiction? A retiree’s perspective (2019).

8) Does the Constitution really require the military to induct everyone who wants to join? (2017). 

9) No, we are not spending “as much on our military as all other countries combined” – and other facts about the defense budget you should know (2016).

10) What does the law say about putting troops on the border? (2018).

Any of the posts above can be viewed by clicking on the title.  As you can see, several of the above posts are actually from 2018 or earlier, but remained very popular in 2019.  This is encouraging because to Lawfire® aims to be a blog with ‘staying power’ with posts of long-term interest to you (and perhaps be a starting point for your own research).

ICYMI Dept: below are some of my favorite 2019 posts that didn’t quite make the top ten, but might still be worth a look (they are in no particular order, and all are also hyperlinked, so just click on any title that sparks you interest):

In addition, there are a couple of items published on other online platforms that you may want to check out.  The full collection can be found here, but a few of the more recent ones are:  Reasonable People Can Differ On Trump’s Military Justice Actions; Trump’s Military Pardons Not Likely To Hurt Morale, Discipline; Keep Calm And Carry On: Neither “Private Armies” Nor “Foreign Forces” Are Heading Up The Potomac; andClarifying the Scope of the Legal Profession’s Ethical Responsibilities: A Response to John Bies”.  (Again, all are hyperlinks, so just click on the title if you’d like to see more).

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