What Is America’s Cause in the World?

"Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill’s remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose. For most of our lifetimes, this has not been true of the United … Continue reading “What Is America’s Cause in the World?”

Putin and Xi Have Red Lines, Too

In recent days, Russian tanks, artillery, armor, trucks and troops have been moving by road and rail ever closer to Ukraine, and Moscow is said to be repositioning its 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade in Crimea. Military sources in Kyiv estimate there are now 85,000 Russian troops between six and 25 miles from Ukraine’s northern … Continue reading “Putin and Xi Have Red Lines, Too”

For What Should We Fight Russia or China?

Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea and along its borders with Ukraine. Joe … Continue reading “For What Should We Fight Russia or China?”

Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?

"I’ve known Xi Jinping for a long time. … He doesn’t have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body," said Joe Biden in his first press conference as president, and then he ambled on: "He’s one of the guys, like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, who thinks that autocracy is the … Continue reading “Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?”

Why Putin’s Pipeline Is Welcome in Germany

During a joint interview with Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian secretary-general of NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, fresh from his bout with the Chinese in Anchorage, took on Angela Merkel and the Germans. Issue: Nord Stream 2, the Baltic Sea pipeline Vladimir Putin is building to complement his Nord Stream 1 and carry more natural … Continue reading “Why Putin’s Pipeline Is Welcome in Germany”

Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?

Thursday, in its first military action, the Biden Pentagon sent two U.S. F-15Es to strike targets of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia just inside the eastern border of Syria. The US strikes were in retaliation for a missile attack on a US base in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, which killed a contractor and … Continue reading “Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?”

Ideological Imperialism Is Leading to a Bad End

When it was learned in 2016 that Russia may have hacked the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and passed the fruits on to WikiLeaks to aid candidate Donald Trump, mighty was the outrage of the American establishment. If Russia’s security services filched those emails, and a troll farm in Saint Petersburg sent tweets … Continue reading “Ideological Imperialism Is Leading to a Bad End”

Coexistence or Cold War With China?

"The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States… does not challenge that position." Thus did President Nixon, in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972, accept China’s territorial claim to the island of Taiwan. … Continue reading “Coexistence or Cold War With China?”

Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, questions arise: Why would the Israelis kill him? And why would they do it now? The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, it is conceded, was a leader in Iran’s nuclear bomb program, but that program was disbanded … Continue reading “Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?”

Beijing Sends Biden a Warning

Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. "is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone." Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call … Continue reading “Beijing Sends Biden a Warning”