Monday, February 20, 2017

Foreign Policy

White House: Trump Expects Russia to Give Crimea to Ukraine

Also Expects to Get Along With Russia According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump “expects” Russia to both make the level of violence in Eastern Ukraine go down, and to unconditionally “return”...

Libertarians and War: A Bibliographical Essay

The relationship between war and libertarianism has interested me since 9/11. In the aftermath of those terrorist attacks, I witnessed in grim fascination many libertarians make excuses for government in the realm of national...

Understanding the Ron Paul Moment, Ten Years On

“Most people, in fact, will not take the trouble in finding out the truth, but are much more inclined to accept the first story they hear.” ― Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War “They hate...

Ignore the tough talk – Trump’s Iran policy will be much like Obama’s

For all its grandstanding, Trump's administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its 'malign influence' The first public pronouncements by President Donald Trump's administration on Iran have created the widespread impression...

US Airstrikes Kill 22 Afghan Civilians in Helmand Province

NATO Investigating 'Credibility' of Claims Village Homes Were Leveled by US Warplanes The deployment of US ground troops into the Helmand Province in recent weeks, aimed at slowing the expansion of the Taliban in the...

Afghanistan Needs ‘Thousands’ More Troops, US General Says

The commander of U.S. forces there lays the first major war decision on Donald Trump’s desk. Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion, Afghanistan is in a “stalemate” that will require several thousand more Western troops...

TGIF: ‘Isolationist’ Trump Rattles His Saber

A few libertarians and other principled opponents of the warfare state assured us we likely would sleep easier with Donald Trump, rather than any neoconservative or humanitarian interventionist, in the White House. How's that...

Welcome to America’s ‘Nuclear Sponge’

The United States currently deploys hundreds of nuclear missiles across Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Each missile carries a nuclear payload many times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, capable of killing...

Into the Abyss: Is a U.S.-China Trade War Inevitable?

Never have the U.S. and Chinese economies been more interdependent than they are today. Never has the value of the bilateral trade and investment relationship been greater. Never has the precarious state of the...

Rand Paul: ‘It would be a really rotten, no good, bad idea to have...

In 2015, I asked, “Why is Rand Paul the only Republican who knows our foreign policy is crazy?” Among the crazy characteristics is the U.S.’s constant habit of intervening militarily in other nation’s civil wars. It was...