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”

Push Saudi Arabia To End the Assault on Yemen

More than six years ago Saudi Arabia attacked Yemen. The goal was to reinstall a friendly president to do Riyadh’s bidding. The royal regime assumed the campaign would be over in six weeks. Yet again the gods punished hubris and made the vainglorious pay a terrible price. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was merely the … Continue reading “Push Saudi Arabia To End the Assault on Yemen”

The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer

Today, April 7, is the official anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Probably a half million or so people – estimates range wildly – were murdered in just 100 days. Most of the victims were Tutsis, though a number of moderate Hutus also were killed. Hundreds of thousands of women were … Continue reading “The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer”

Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?

The Napoleonic Wars consumed the lives of between 2.5 million and 3.5 million soldiers, most unwilling draftees. Although defeated, discredited, and exiled after years of brutal conflict, the self-anointed emperor responsible for those deaths today is honored – lionized, actually – in Paris. His tomb is located in the Hotel Les Invalides surrounded by commemorations … Continue reading “Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?”