Foreign Policy

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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The UN, The US and Jerusalem

Most of the world opposes Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land on the West Bank, but nobody is willing to do anything concrete about it.  That’s mainly because the world’s most influential country, its only genuine superpower, stands ready ...

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The Russia Problem

Every once in a while Donald Trump says something that makes sense. For example, he has just asserted, “I want to solve North Korea Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!” It is indeed true that a more harmonious ...

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Thanks, Hillary

I enjoyed Hillary Clinton’s interview with Stephen Colbert, but what most made me happy was that, in criticizing Trump’s UN speech, she said that it wasn’t “…the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world ...

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