Germany’s Greens Plan a Tough Foreign Policy

Germany will soon have a new chancellor. It could be Annalena Baerbock from the Greens, once a minor party focused on the environment. She promises a tougher foreign policy, but so far refuses to back the stronger military necessary to implement her rhetoric. The incumbent, Angela Merkel, is not running again. A member of the … Continue reading “Germany’s Greens Plan a Tough Foreign Policy”

Europeans Want to Denuclearize Korea: They Should Defend Themselves First

There’s an old saying about opinions that cannot be repeated in polite company. But it applies to the recent statement of the G7 countries about North Korea and nuclear weapons. The seven rich industrialized nations – U.S., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy – announced to the world that they don’t want the … Continue reading “Europeans Want to Denuclearize Korea: They Should Defend Themselves First”

America’s Middle East Embarrassment: Underwriting Apartheid in the Palestinian Territories

The Mideast is aflame as usual. Even Israel is suffering through a seemingly unending election crisis, with a continuing electoral majority for the right but against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a normal world Washington wouldn’t worry about the result, but the U.S. government has offered a near-blank check for the Israeli state for years, … Continue reading “America’s Middle East Embarrassment: Underwriting Apartheid in the Palestinian Territories”

Time for a Foreign Policy of Adequacy, not Primacy

Perhaps the biggest problem with U.S. foreign policy is the belief that Americans are born to rule the world. American exceptionalism means being convinced that citizens of this nation have the mandate of heaven to kill whoever and destroy whatever is necessary to impose their will on every nation and person on the planet. For … Continue reading “Time for a Foreign Policy of Adequacy, not Primacy”

Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars

After 20 years of U.S. nation-building in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden ordered a withdrawal. Most Americans backed his decision to stop at least one endless war, but the bipartisan War Party in Washington is horrified. It believes that Americans should be deployed wherever and whenever people are killing one another around the world. Elliott Abrams … Continue reading “Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars”

The Philippines: America’s Perpetually Useless Ally

China has parked its fishing fleet in waters claimed by the Philippines. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has fulminated ineffectively. So far, at least, the Biden administration has declined to go to war on Manila’s behalf. But the possibility remains so long as the U.S. foolishly guarantees Philippine security. Indeed, some things never change. One is … Continue reading “The Philippines: America’s Perpetually Useless Ally”

Dedicating a National Memorial to World War I

Woodrow Wilson usually ranks high in the pantheon of American presidents. Yet he was a virulent racist and sharply attacked civil liberties, jailing famed socialist leader Eugene Debs for opposing World War I. However, Wilson won over future historians with his precise elocution, articulating high-minded international principles even as he pursued policies that caused another, … Continue reading “Dedicating a National Memorial to World War I”

US Should Reject Ukrainian Nuclear Blackmail

Ukraine responded to Russia’s troop buildup on its border by demanding membership in NATO. However, neither the U.S. nor the Europeans, especially, are inclined to open the alliance door. Ukraine might pocket the resulting defense guarantee and launch an offensive against the Donbass, now controlled by ethnic Russian separatists. If that led to war with … Continue reading “US Should Reject Ukrainian Nuclear Blackmail”

As Castro Rule Fades in Cuba, Americans Should Engage the Cuban People

The Castro brothers ruled Cuba for more than six decades. The results have not been pretty. An island impoverished in body and mind. Even artists have been protesting of late, punished by the security forces for having the temerity to question the communist authorities. However, change is in the offing. Fidel died in 2016. A … Continue reading “As Castro Rule Fades in Cuba, Americans Should Engage the Cuban People”

President Joe Biden Set for Summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Tokyo’s boosters call Japan America’s most important ally. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe forged a close relationship with President Donald Trump, playing to the latter’s vanities. In response, Trump seemed to go easier on Tokyo, a longtime Pentagon cheap rider, than South Korea or Europe. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is due in Washington on Friday, … Continue reading “President Joe Biden Set for Summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga”