Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?

Desperately chasing a single foreign policy accomplishment in the dying days before the election, Donald Trump is frantically pursuing a Middle East peace plan. Not the Israel/Palestine one he promised – in four years in office, that never came close – but the illusory peace plan between countries who were already at peace. How far … Continue reading “Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?”

European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU continues to advocate a negotiated settlement that is predicated on respect for international … Continue reading “European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel”

China Is a Challenge, But an Asian NATO Is Not the Answer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to undermine President Donald Trump’s "America First" agenda by promoting ever-expanding military commitments around the globe. Pompeo’s latest interventionist fling occurred last week when he attended the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, in Tokyo. Also present were representatives of Australia, India, and Japan. This international meet-up was unashamedly directed … Continue reading “China Is a Challenge, But an Asian NATO Is Not the Answer”

Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan? Depends on Who You Ask.

Foreign policy has really been dysfunctional in President Trump’s first term. No sooner does the president make a strong foreign policy statement than one of his appointees grabs a microphone to explain what the president “really meant.” Earlier this month, President Trump Tweeted that, “we should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men … Continue reading “Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan? Depends on Who You Ask.”

How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

Toward the end of Joe Biden’s October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. "So peace is breaking out all over the world," the questioner claimed. "Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis are talking peace, which … Continue reading “How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question”

How Will the US Counter China?

It has become common for journalists and politicians to speak of a “new cold war” between the United States and China, comparing the current chill in Sino-American relations to the hostility that long prevailed between the US and the Soviet Union. But it would be a mistake to view the current situation as a replica … Continue reading “How Will the US Counter China?”

Promote Human Rights in Ways That Actually Preserve Human Rights

Sometimes human rights unexpectedly win. For instance, last week the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a vile regime that has become an unaccountable favorite of President Donald Trump, was widely expected to win another term on the UN’s Human Rights Council. Unexpectedly, turning its consulate into an abattoir for slicing and dicing regime critics proved disqualifying. … Continue reading “Promote Human Rights in Ways That Actually Preserve Human Rights”