The World According to Trump
Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once …
Restore America’s Alliance with Saudi Arabia
Foreign leaders believe President Obama is an arrogant and unreliable ally. Conversely, President Obama believes he’s on an inexorable path toward history-book glory. But one striking facet of the president’s foreign policy is the reciprocal disdain now defining …
The Four Foreign Policies
After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer-beaters, and a ton of flagrant fouls, we’re down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, and Trump. (If Kasich pulls a miracle, he’ll get his own column.) The world wants to know: What …
D.C.’s Foreign-Policy Establishment Spooked by ‘Bizzaro’ Trump Team
CLARIFICATION: This article states that Trump foreign-policy adviser Joseph Schmitz left his job as Pentagon inspector general “due to a slew of corruption allegations.” When Schmitz resigned in 2005, the Los Angeles Times reported that he did so amid accusations of …
President Obama Is a Political Narcissist
Russia announces the withdrawal of its forces from Syria. The decision is a surprise — President Obama is shocked. This is a feeling he experiences often.
He was astonished when Vladimir Putin intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015. He was startled …
Trump: The Candidate of Raw Emotion
It is probably a mistake to try delving too deeply into Donald Trump’s actual policy proposals. Searching for coherence in his utterances is a bit like searching for the meaning of life on the Psychic Hotline. The Trump campaign, …
Trump, America’s Word, and the Bomb
The Obama-Clinton team originally promised to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation. It wound up doing the opposite. We now have the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. That would aggravate the problem. Eight years of left-wing American unreliability would then be followed …
Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech: 70 Years on, America Faces the Same Task
Seventy years ago this past weekend an elderly, rotund man stepped up to a podium in Fulton, Mo., and delivered one of the great speeches of the 20th century — and arguably the single most relevant speech for our own …
The Costs of Abandoning Messy Wars
The United States has targeted a lot of rogues and their regimes in recent decades: Moammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Manuel Noriega, and the Taliban.
As a general rule over the last 100 years, any time the …
With Disasters Everywhere, It’s Time to Take Foreign Policy Seriously Again
We get it already. The Iraq war was a mistake.
Indeed, on this point pretty much everyone agrees. Jeb Bush, the brother of the president who launched the war, has said so. So has Hillary Clinton, the only presidential candidate …
Trump’s ‘Foreign Policy’: Incoherent and Shallow
Donald Trump complained today that the United States has “lacked a coherent foreign policy” since the end of the Cold War. His vow that a Trump administration would impose coherence is about as credible as his vow to make Mexico …
A Trump Administration Would Cave to Putin, Threatening Poland and Israel
As the New York primary approaches, Empire State residents with international connections may wish to consider the implications of a Donald Trump presidency for lands overseas that are dear to many of their hearts.
Trump wants to gut NATO. He …
On Foreign Policy, Obama’s Crown Has Proved Too Heavy for Him
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, wrote the Bard, and so it is with Barack Obama. And yet, reading “The Obama Doctrine,” Jeffrey Goldberg’s landmark essay on the president’s foreign policy, you sense impatience, or perhaps …
Ten Commandments for Our Next President
1. Do not deflect blame onto others. Take personal responsibility when foreign policies implode — and at least a few will. Read Churchill’s speech after the fall of Tobruk. Presidents do not scapegoat Congress, the opposite political party, the secretary …
When Will Obama Stop Blaming Republicans for His Failures?
In a cover story in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine, President Obama offers astonishing scapegoating for his own foreign-policy disasters.
#ad#According to Obama, the deterioration of the ISIS wasteland that is now Libya was not due to …
Why Obama and Kerry Fear the ‘G’ Word
It’s not often that life gives you a second chance (or a third, or a fourth). But that’s exactly what Congress did today for President Obama when the House passed a resolution applying the word “genocide” to ISIS’…
The World Is Getting Worse, but This Time America Won’t Save It
I cannot imagine any thinking person who does not believe the world is getting worse.
The number of slaughtered and the number of refugees from slaughter is immense and growing.
#ad#The Islamic State now controls territories from Afghanistan to …
State of the World: Year Eight of Barack Obama
(1) In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed anti-aircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This after China landed planes on an artificial island it created on another …
Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad Are Running U.S. Syria Policy
According to press reports, Secretary of State John Kerry was confronted by Syrian civil-society workers at a London reception earlier this month. The activists pressed him on why the U.S. had failed to respond to the Russian and Syrian …
Delusion Defined: President Obama Ignores ISIS in Libya
President Obama claims he is leading and inspiring U.S. allies around the world. The opposite is true: The architecture of American-anchored global stability is collapsing, and our adversaries are advancing. Put simply, President Obama’s rhetoric of confidence is …