South Koreans Narrowly Choose Conservative as Next President

Almost lost in the tsunami of information on the Russo-Ukraine war was the transformational election result in the Republic of Korea. Prosecutor Yoon Suk-yeol, a political novice, won an exceedingly narrow victory in a race dominated by domestic issues. However, the greatest divergence between the two candidates was over security questions. Yoon, of the conservative … Continue reading “South Koreans Narrowly Choose Conservative as Next President”

The War Party Wins Even When We Lose

Russia has attacked Ukraine. Moscow launched an aggressive war without justification. The US is edging into the conflict and rushing troops to Europe. The international economy is staggering as America and Europe impose brutal sanctions on Russia. Democrats are ready to join Republicans in inflating an already outsize military budget. Talk has turned to Taiwan, … Continue reading “The War Party Wins Even When We Lose”

Whataboutism and Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

It is almost impossible to discuss US foreign policy without engaging in Whataboutism. What about American wars? What about American mistakes? What about American crimes? What about … ? Although often dismissed as engaging in moral equivalency, Whataboutism can be useful in judging US actions. Criticisms of Washington cannot excuse misbehavior of other states, such … Continue reading “Whataboutism and Russia’s Attack on Ukraine”

Making US Foreign Policy About Americans

Originally appeared at the American Institute for Economic Research. US officials are keeping very busy in the world. Yet very few of Washington’s actions have much to do with protecting America. Instead, the foreign policy establishment believes that its primary role is to run the world. The Department of Defense was originally known as the … Continue reading “Making US Foreign Policy About Americans”

Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Is Criminal and Wrong: The War Still Isn’t America’s Fight

War brings out the worst in human beings. It wreaks death and destruction on a mass scale. It also highlights similar levels of political hypocrisy. Such as those piously pushing their governments to intervene to support Ukraine, after ignoring far more deadly conflicts, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which killed millions … Continue reading “Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Is Criminal and Wrong: The War Still Isn’t America’s Fight”

Despite the Strange New Respect for Mitt Romney, He Still Was Wrong About Russia

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made Sen. Mitt Romney winner of the latest "strange new respect" award. When running for president in 2012 Romney insisted that Russia was "without question our number one geopolitical foe." He’s being held up as a geopolitical prophet even though he was ostentatiously wrong then and remains wrong today. At … Continue reading “Despite the Strange New Respect for Mitt Romney, He Still Was Wrong About Russia”

Washington Should Threaten War Only if it Is Willing To Go to War: And Ukraine Does Not Justify War

Even before Moscow’s recognition of the separatist Ukrainian "republics" and introduction of "peacekeeping" troops, President Joe Biden’s strongest critics were members of Washington’s omnipresent War Party. Its members were horrified when he ended US involvement in Afghanistan last August after only two decades of conflict. What’s wrong with forever, they wondered? Now they are mad … Continue reading “Washington Should Threaten War Only if it Is Willing To Go to War: And Ukraine Does Not Justify War”

With the War Party on the Rampage, We, All of Us, Need Antiwar.Com

Jesus Christ warned his listeners that "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed" (Matthew 24:6). Some 2,000 years later we still are hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Indeed, it is hard to keep track of them these days. Who can follow the … Continue reading “With the War Party on the Rampage, We, All of Us, Need Antiwar.Com”

Biden Administration Goes All in for Saudis and Emiratis

Barely a year into the Biden administration Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have captured US Mideast policy. President Joe Biden has abandoned the human rights principles he once claimed to hold dear. President Donald Trump also surrendered to the royals early, but he never evinced the slightest humanitarian concern about foreign policy. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner … Continue reading “Biden Administration Goes All in for Saudis and Emiratis”

A Foreign Policy of Cheap Grace: Allies Prepare To Fight Russia to the Last Ukrainian

The US again is predicting an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine and urging Americans to leave. Whether reflecting a serious intelligence finding or attempt to unsettle Moscow’s plans, the Biden administration is treating the Ukrainian people more as a means than an end. Indeed, Washington and its allies practice a foreign policy of "cheap grace." … Continue reading “A Foreign Policy of Cheap Grace: Allies Prepare To Fight Russia to the Last Ukrainian”