$40 Billion More the Ukraine War: A Wakeup Call for Those Who Still Believe in Lesser-Evilism

The US House of Representatives just approved another massive military "aid" package for the Ukraine War. The Biden administration had initially requested $33 billion in new money for the war, but leaders of both parties in Congress, eager to support the war, quickly said this was not enough, and raised the total for this package … Continue reading “$40 Billion More the Ukraine War: A Wakeup Call for Those Who Still Believe in Lesser-Evilism”

NY Times Shifts Pro-War Narrative, Documents Failure of US in Ukraine

The New York Times has a job to do – and it has done that job spectacularly well over the past few months. The Times is a leader, in the opinion of this writer, the leader in spelling out the US narrative on the war in Ukraine, a tale designed to keep up morale, give … Continue readingNY Times Shifts Pro-War Narrative, Documents Failure of US in Ukraine”

Washington Needs To Play Better With Others: Relearning the Art of Diplomacy

Originally appeared at the American Institute for Economic Research. Perhaps the most persistent foreign policy mantra in Washington, voiced by Republicans and Democrats alike, is the importance of American “leadership.” Without US “leadership” the rest of the world is lost. But with Washington’s taking the lead, the rest of the world, friends and foes alike, … Continue reading “Washington Needs To Play Better With Others: Relearning the Art of Diplomacy”

Don’t Think About the Unthinkable

Thirty years ago, I co-taught a course on the making and use of the atomic bomb at the U.S. Air Force Academy. We took cadets to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where the first nuclear weapons were designed and built during World War II, and we also visited the Trinity test site, where … Continue reading “Don’t Think About the Unthinkable”

US Counting on Putin To Signal Before Using Nukes

Hats off to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines for her Senate May 10 testimony on the likelihood of nuclear war with Russia, even though parts of it were surreal, as we discuss below. From an intelligence perspective, she told it like it is. Not only that; she took the quintessential nuclear-use question a step … Continue reading “US Counting on Putin To Signal Before Using Nukes”

Tom Cotton, Fanatical Militarist

Sen. Tom Cotton tried to define what he calls a "conservative foreign policy" in a speech at the National Review Institute earlier this week, and in doing so he demonstrated just how devoid of wisdom and prudence Republican hawks are. "Foreign policy is emphatically not the province of doctrines," Cotton declared, but it would be … Continue reading “Tom Cotton, Fanatical Militarist”