Foreign Policy

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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Striking Syria (II)

My view of the Trump administration’s action is not much different from my reaction to the previous strike on Syria.  I don’t have any strong objection to a one-time punitive strike in reaction to an atrocity, as long as it ...

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Bolton

No one should doubt it: John Bolton would like to start a war. That’s just who he is. Nobody in American public life today more deserves the sobriquet “war monger” than Bolton. Iran has been in his crosshairs ever since ...

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Remembering Iraq

This week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Nicholas Kristof usefully reminds us of the catastrophic consequences of that decision, for the Iraqi people and for the Middle East, as well as its costs to the ...

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