Sunday, April 23, 2017

Foreign Policy

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...

Sorry, Judge Napolitano: Immigration Isn’t ‘Foreign Policy’

By the time you read this, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may have handed down a ruling for or against president Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel and immigration from...

Trump’s Hard Line on Iran Gives Saudi Free Hand in Yemen

The Trump administration's truculent warning last week that it was putting Iran "on notice" over its recent missile test and a missile strike on a Saudi warship off the coast of Yemen appears calculated...

Military Leaders Request $30 Billion Budget Increase

They want to end the 2011 sequestration that caps defense spending. The U.S. military is requesting over $30 billion to improve combat readiness and to stay ahead of "near-peer competitors," says the Associated Press. A...

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Obama’s Third Term, Bush’s Fifth

“Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti- war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances,” Illinois State Senator...

1917: Early Moves Toward American Intervention in World War I

This short piece continues series on some "Deeply Momentous Things" — that is, American intervention in the First World War. (See Part One.) As the first installment has shown in a general way, the...

Shadow Wars: An Explosive New History Documents the Rise of ISIS

Christopher Davidson's new book Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East (Oneworld Publications) is an absolute must read. It's a mammoth of a tome at 528 pages with 119 pages of endnotes, but an...