The Best Evidence That America Has a Foreign Policy Problem: The World Is Fixated on US Politics

I was watching yet another webinar from yet another think tank discussing European discontents with the U.S. There was predictable elation at Joe Biden’s arrival in the Oval Office, but dissatisfaction with almost everything American – infrastructure, health care, political system, and, of course, inadequate subservience to exalted European opinions. Nevertheless, participants admitted that America’s … Continue reading “The Best Evidence That America Has a Foreign Policy Problem: The World Is Fixated on US Politics”

America Offers Warning to the World: War Is Health of the State and Death of Liberty

The United States is the world’s most militarized and belligerent nation. Stating this reality shocks and outrages Washington policymakers. Yet the facts are incontestable, like the sun’s rise. Last week the Biden administration ordered airstrikes in Syria against Iranian-backed forces. The attack was retaliation for a rocket assault on a U.S. base in Iraq. That … Continue reading “America Offers Warning to the World: War Is Health of the State and Death of Liberty”

Biden Administration Should Drop Military Commitment to Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden’s most important accomplishment so far has been to drain the fetid swamp that was Mike Pompeo’s State Department. Pompeo spent nearly three years swaggering about the globe, a faux diplomat who exuded arrogance and sanctimony while spewing dictates, demands, threats, ultimatums, orders, and insults. America’s image and credibility suffered accordingly. Indeed, his … Continue reading “Biden Administration Should Drop Military Commitment to Saudi Arabia”

Robert Kagan Diagnosed America’s Biggest Problem: Americans Who Don’t Want To Run the World

"All great powers" want to rule the world, declared Robert Kagan, propagandist for America as imperial power, democratic hegemon, aggressive unipower, and perpetual war machine. However, they typically fail. Wrote Kagan in a new Foreign Affairs article: "Much of the drama of the past century resulted from great powers whose aspirations exceeded their capacity." The … Continue reading “Robert Kagan Diagnosed America’s Biggest Problem: Americans Who Don’t Want To Run the World”

President Joe Biden Has a Moral Obligation To Bring America’s Troops Home from Afghanistan

The U.S. is approaching its 20-year mark in the Afghan civil war. Intervening after 9/11, Washington speedily crippled al-Qaeda and ousted the Taliban. Alas, three successive administrations found it much harder to bring strong central government and Westminster-style democracy to Central Asia. So American military personnel remain on station. Like in the Hotel California, it … Continue reading “President Joe Biden Has a Moral Obligation To Bring America’s Troops Home from Afghanistan”

Saudi Arabia Sets Global Standard for Tyranny, but Asks: Why Is Washington Picking on the Kingdom?

Why is everyone being so mean to Saudi Arabia? No doubt, the poor, beleaguered, misunderstood royals ask that question as they busy themselves squandering people’s wealth, imprisoning critics, attacking impoverished neighbors, and spreading Islamic fundamentalism. Life can be so unfair. Indeed, it is a travesty that even the Saudis’ supposed friends are critical. Only someone … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia Sets Global Standard for Tyranny, but Asks: Why Is Washington Picking on the Kingdom?”

Washington Should Put the American People First: No One Has the Right To Be a US Ally

Opposing war is a lonely task in Washington, D.C. Possessing the world’s largest and most powerful military encourages US administrations to use it. And use it they do – often. This attitude was captured by Madeleine Albright, then America’s UN ambassador, when she accosted Gen. Colin Powell: "What’s the point of having this superb military … Continue reading “Washington Should Put the American People First: No One Has the Right To Be a US Ally”

Is President Biden Going To Get Out of Afghanistan?

Joe Biden last week gave his maiden foreign policy speech as president. There was a stunning omission: No mention of Afghanistan. The Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban provides for the withdrawal of U.S. troops by May 1. Is the president prepared to violate this pact even as he prepares to reenter the Joint Comprehensive … Continue reading “Is President Biden Going To Get Out of Afghanistan?”

Biden Administration Ends US Involvement in War Against Yemen

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced what is likely to be just the first reversal of many Trump administration policies, in this case Washington’s slavish subservience to the Saudi royal family. Indeed, Blinken’s immediate predecessor, Mike Pompeo, ended his disreputable tenure with a final, and highly dishonest, gift to Riyadh: designating Saudi Arabia’s Yemeni opponents … Continue reading “Biden Administration Ends US Involvement in War Against Yemen”

President Joe Biden Speaks on Foreign Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

President Joe Biden dropped by the State Department yesterday to praise the State Department and promote his views. The president offered a little bit of everything, a complex mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Good was the return of essential decency to American policy. Biden does not hate immigrants, despise visitors, and … Continue reading “President Joe Biden Speaks on Foreign Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”