Foreign Policy

More on the GHW Bush Legacy

I only touched on one strikingly negative aspect of the GHW Bush legacy in my last post, but this is a pretty good compendium of Bush’s offenses that I mostly agree with. The tone is relentlessly harsh and the numbers cited ...

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“…and maybe he didn’t.”

Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to do nothing—literally, nothing—in reaction to the near certainty that Saudi Prince MBS ordered the brutal murder of the moderate dissident journalist Khashoggi. Trump’s typically dishonest, weasel-like whitewash of Jared’s soul ...

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John McCain

The encomia are flowing, and much of the praise is well-deserved. John McCain was an honorable man of principle. He was a gentleman who embraced civility. He thus distinguished himself from the great majority of his current congressional Republican colleagues, ...

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Donald and the Russia Problem

Donald Trump has repeatedly resisted the irresistible conclusion that Vladimir Putin did what he could to put Trump in the White House.  Now, the summit meeting in Helsinki has forced him to be explicit: to say that he believes Putin, ...

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Willful Ideology or Defective Personality?

Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to bust up NATO and the European Union, together with his penchant for starting trade wars and his repeatedly expressed affinity with autocratic strongmen, have led a lot of commentators to bemoan the threat he poses ...

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The president sticks it to the allies, again

In evident anticipation of the upcoming NATO summit, Donald Trump has written strongly worded letters to many of our NATO allies complaining that they don’t spend enough on defense. This is an old complaint by US presidents, of course, but ...

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Summit in Singapore

The Trump-Kim summit is a positive small step. Positive because it is better than the incipient crisis that the reckless behavior of these two men created only months ago. It could, possibly, lead to a more secure peace for Korea. ...

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Donald in Quebec

Donald Trump has few fixed convictions. His views on abortion rights, climate change and gun control all underwent convenient conversions when he decided to seek the Republican presidential nomination. But let’s give him credit for something—one thing he seems to ...

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Gaza (II)

Here is a quick update of the casualty figures I reported in my last post on this subject: Palestinians killed       100+ Palestinians injured   many thousands Israelis killed               0 Israelis injured       ...

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Credit where credit is due

Modestly disclaiming credit for himself, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that if anyone deserves a Nobel prize for bringing peace to Korea, it’s Donald Trump. You don’t need to have watched Fox News; you can just imagine the ...

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