NATO Continues Forever as ‘North America and the Others’

The Washington foreign policy community is in permanent uproar over Donald Trump. There is no greater sacred cow than American troop deployments. Whenever the president proposes the slightest change – bring home some military personnel from Afghanistan, South Korea, Syria, or Germany – what Ben Rhodes called the Blob explodes. The hysteria surrounding the latter … Continue reading “NATO Continues Forever as ‘North America and the Others’”

Lebanon Slides Toward the Sectarian Brink Again

More than a month ago Beirut suffered a massive explosion at its port, killing scores of people, wounding thousands, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, and creating widespread destruction. Reconstruction will cost billions of dollars. The government did a good job selecting scapegoats but since has achieved little else. The old, discredited cabinet resigned under fire. … Continue reading “Lebanon Slides Toward the Sectarian Brink Again”

Trump and Biden Should Tell Americans When They Plan To Go to War

With the election just weeks away, both President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden claim to be the best person to protect Americans in a dangerous world. Yet neither one has explained when they would take the U.S. into war. Trump was recently asked whether he would let China "get away with" invading … Continue reading “Trump and Biden Should Tell Americans When They Plan To Go to War”

Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen

America’s post-9/11 wars have had disastrous consequences. They have been a geopolitical bust, fragmenting rather than eliminating terrorist groups, enhancing Iran’s influence, and destabilizing the Middle East. The humanitarian consequences have been even worse: thousands of Americans killed, tens of thousands wounded, hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced, al-Qaeda in Iraq … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen”

The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century

Seventy-five years ago Japan was preparing to officially surrender. On August 23, 1945 Lt. John K. Bremyer was working at the Office Messenger Mail Center in the navy complex on the Mall in Washington, D.C., when he received orders from Adm. William "Bull" Halsey to bring a precious item to the battleship Missouri for the … Continue reading “The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century”

Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

It isn’t easy to analyze President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. It is at times reckless and foolish. And the president has failed to fulfill his promises to halt America’s "endless wars." Yet, unlike his predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan, Trump has not started any new or joined any old conflicts. Today that passes for … Continue reading “Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan”

America Was Supposed To Be a City on a Hill, Not Model Its Foreign Policy After Nazi Germany

When a country’s foreign policy begins to resemble that of Nazi Germany it’s time for a rethink. That undoubtedly is a shocking thought to some. But noting how Washington brutally treats both friends and foes doesn’t mean the U.S. is Nazi Germany, in intent or behavior. However, anyone who wants America to be the fabled … Continue reading “America Was Supposed To Be a City on a Hill, Not Model Its Foreign Policy After Nazi Germany”

When Will Donald Trump Stop Even One Endless War?

These days the U.S. is the world’s most militaristic power, threatening, droning, bombing, invading, and occupying far more countries than any other nation. Operating on the well-established principle that might makes right, American presidents routinely intervene with neither domestic nor international legal warrant, as in Syria today. Washington also routinely sanctions allies as well as … Continue reading “When Will Donald Trump Stop Even One Endless War?”

Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux

Attempting to apply historical lessons to current events typically is problematic. Circumstances change dramatically; almost any moment in time in 1914 looks radically different from any one in 2020. The rise of a dictator and onset of a war may be examples of dangerous trends to be avoided, but rarely are similar enough to current … Continue reading “Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux”

Imagine a President Joe Biden: What Would be a Progressive Foreign Policy?

With Joe Biden leading in the polls and Republicans in trouble in the Senate, progressives are hoping for the sort of political revolution that Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide over Barry Goldwater delivered. Biden has raced left, abandoning many of the positions which gave him his moderate reputation. If victorious, the aging, oft befuddled candidate seems … Continue reading “Imagine a President Joe Biden: What Would be a Progressive Foreign Policy?”