US Celebrates Alliance With Seoul: But Is South Korea Worth a Nuclear War?

Originally appeared at the American Institute for Economic Research. President Joe Biden visited Northeast Asia last month. As if possible involvement in a European nuclear conflagration wasn’t enough, he threatened China with war over Taiwan, and pledged to defend the Republic of Korea from its northern antagonist. Now he is off to the Middle East, … Continue reading “US Celebrates Alliance With Seoul: But Is South Korea Worth a Nuclear War?”

Ukraine Wants Security Guarantees To Stop Fighting: If Americans and Europeans Won’t Battle for Kyiv Today, Why Would They Do So Tomorrow?

The ultimate peace settlement between Ukraine and Russia will depend heavily upon battlefield outcomes. No one knows how the war is going to turn out. Even most of Kyiv’s friends expected Moscow to quickly overwhelm its neighbor. Instead, Ukraine rebuffed Russia’s overconfident, mismanaged opening offensive. Soon Kyiv and its allies began imagining victory, even recovering … Continue reading “Ukraine Wants Security Guarantees To Stop Fighting: If Americans and Europeans Won’t Battle for Kyiv Today, Why Would They Do So Tomorrow?”

Expanding Sanctions Won’t Halt North Korea’s Nuclear Program

The war in Ukraine has increased fear of conflict in the Asia-Pacific. China has threatened to force reunification with Taiwan, which could trigger war with the US. However, North Korea might be even more dangerous. It is speeding development of a nuclear deterrent to America. That is, building nuclear weapons and long-range missiles (ICBMs) to … Continue reading “Expanding Sanctions Won’t Halt North Korea’s Nuclear Program”

The Destruction of Iraq’s Christian Community: Another Legacy of George W. Bush’s Invasion

Republican politicians have worked assiduously to win votes by posing as defenders of religious liberty. They aren’t always faking. However, the GOP’s military interventions in the Middle East have been singularly destructive, doing much to drive Christians and other religious minorities from the region. Ultimately, President George W. Bush, along with his Republican followers and … Continue reading “The Destruction of Iraq’s Christian Community: Another Legacy of George W. Bush’s Invasion”

President Joe Biden Heads to the Mideast: Plans to Abase Himself Before Saudi Royals

President Joe Biden is off to the Middle East. He apparently plans to welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – ole "Slice ‘n Dice," when it comes to journalistic critics – in from the cold. The president is abandoning the pretense that human rights motivate his administration. Of course, this should come as no … Continue reading “President Joe Biden Heads to the Mideast: Plans to Abase Himself Before Saudi Royals”

The Russo-Ukrainian War Continues to Kill, Maim, and Destroy: Is the Biden Administration Fueling the Conflict?

Last week the US and its allies were busy. Both the G7, an exclusive club for Western industrialized states, and NATO, whose 30 members include military midgets like Montenegro, met in Europe. Both gatherings included ostentatious promises of continuing robust military support for Ukraine. Indeed, taken at their word, there is nothing America and Europe … Continue reading “The Russo-Ukrainian War Continues to Kill, Maim, and Destroy: Is the Biden Administration Fueling the Conflict?”

What if Washington Can’t Attract the Men (and Women) Necessary To Police the Globe?

Russia and Ukraine are at war, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have spent more than seven years attempting to subject Yemen, Syria continues to smolder, and Iraq remains a sectarian powder keg. The US is deeply involved militarily in all these conflicts. Yet worse could come. China is threatening Taiwan, which enjoys an informal … Continue reading “What if Washington Can’t Attract the Men (and Women) Necessary To Police the Globe?”

Latin America Rises: Whither the Monroe Doctrine?

Latin America is Washington’s neighborhood. With vast oceans east and west and pacific neighbors north and south, the US has been almost uniquely protected from foreign military threats. That has left America free to roam the globe, visiting death and destruction upon other states for all manner of offenses, real or imagined. However, the neighborhood … Continue reading “Latin America Rises: Whither the Monroe Doctrine?”

Antiwar.com Is Knocking: If You Don’t Answer, the War Party Will Come Next

Who speaks for peace in America? Not many people in Washington. Which makes the role of Antiwar.com so important. I am approaching the end of my 42nd year in Washington. The political and international environments have never been worse. It’s the woke Left versus the MAGA Right, with the War Party in control of both … Continue reading “Antiwar.com Is Knocking: If You Don’t Answer, the War Party Will Come Next”

Has Ukraine Adopted a New Strategy of Insulting the Allies?

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba appears to have launched a new strategy in his country’s war against Russia. Insult Kyiv’s closest supporters by calling them Russian pawns. He penned an article in Foreign Affairs, what amounts to the venerable newsletter of the Blob, the internationalist establishment. The US and Europe are not doing enough for … Continue reading “Has Ukraine Adopted a New Strategy of Insulting the Allies?”