When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America’s longest war. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the … Continue reading “When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?”

The Antiwar Right and the New Cold War

Listen to the interview here Scott Horton: Alright, you guys. On the line, I’ve got the great Pat Buchanan. He is the author of Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War … that’s a quote from Churchill there, "unnecessary war." Also A Republic, Not an Empire, and a lot of other great books, and, of course, … Continue reading “The Antiwar Right and the New Cold War”

Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?

In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur: "The Turks are the hero of heroes. There is no impossibility for the Turkish Brigade." … Continue reading “Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?”

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

"For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end." Donald Trump, circa 2016? Nope. That denunciation of John Bolton interventionism … Continue reading “Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi”

Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?

Visualizing 150 Iranian dead from a missile strike that he had ordered, President Donald Trump recoiled and canceled the strike, a brave decision and defining moment for his presidency. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had signed off on the strike on Iran as the right response to Tehran’s … Continue reading “Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?”

War With Iran Would Become ‘Trump’s War’

President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection. It would widen the "forever war," which Trump said he would … Continue reading “War With Iran Would Become ‘Trump’s War’”

Russiagate Is No Watergate

"History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance," John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and "Russiagate" which has bedeviled Donald Trump. But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences. Watergate began with an actual crime, a … Continue reading “Russiagate Is No Watergate”

Do Trump’s Hawks Speak for Trump?

For a president who won his office by denouncing the Middle East wars into which George W. Bush and Barack Obama plunged the nation, Donald Trump has assembled the most unabashedly hawkish conclave of foreign policy advisers in memory. And he himself seems to concede the point. If foreign policy were decided by my security … Continue reading “Do Trump’s Hawks Speak for Trump?”

Who Wants This War With Iran?

Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. "There won’t be any war. … We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests." The ayatollah’s analysis – a war is in neither … Continue reading “Who Wants This War With Iran?”

Are All the World’s Problems Ours?

In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of freedom and prosperity in the Middle East. Tuesday, Mike Pompeo flew clandestinely into Baghdad, met with the prime minister and flew out in four hours. The visit was kept … Continue reading “Are All the World’s Problems Ours?”