Sunday, April 23, 2017

Foreign Policy

US Marines Headed to South Afghanistan to Slow Taliban Gains

Largest Marine Deployment in Afghanistan Since 2014 With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US...

MOAB is the new greatest show on earth

MOAB is the new greatest show on earth. Donald Trump is the first President to have seamlessly merged reality television with war. Like the director of an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, he's constantly looking...

TGIF: What a Perverse Presidential Incentive System!

All I can say is, we've got a hell of a political system on our hands when the surest way for a president to win the adoration of those who thought him a dangerous, ignorant,...

Trump Joins the War Against Assad

The Donald's missile "attack" on Syria's al-Shairat air base is surely the most impetuous, thoughtless, reckless and stupid act from the Oval Office that we can remember — and that covers 50 years at...

Trump: NATO Is ‘No Longer Obsolete’

Continues to Demand Nations Increase Military Spending After fueling a lot of tensions with his comments during the 2016 campaign that NATO is an obsolete alliance, President Trump today declared that the alliance is “no...

Trump Abandons Economic Reforms to Embrace War Spending

In February, David Stockman pointed out that the Trump administration appears none too interested in addressing many of the economic issues that Trump claimed would be at the center of his administration. Instead, Stockman...

Lessons from the Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson’s War

  Today is an historical marker of immense importance in American history: it is the centenary of American entry into the Great War, later known as the First World War. One hundred years ago today...

Weak Legal Pretext for Trump’s Drive-By Tomahawking

I’m beginning to understand why Cato’s Michael Cannon is frequently found tearing his hair out over Politifact, the Tampa Bay Times project ostensibly devoted to “sorting out the truth in politics.” When I look...

Saudi Arabia Paid Conservative PR Firm $90K to Lobby Against JASTA

Firm owned by National Republican Trust PAC director Scott Wheeler months late in registering with the Department of Justice Saudi Arabia paid a conservative political consulting firm $90,000 to bring three groups of 25 to 35 military veterans to Washington...

After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?

Thursday’s US missile attack on Syria must represent the quickest foreign policy U-turn in history. Less than a week after the White House gave Assad permission to stay on as president of his own...