Monday, February 20, 2017

Foreign Policy

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...

Iran: A Missed Opportunity for American Entrepreneurship

Since the beginning of the post-cold war era, sanctions have been the United States secret weapon when attempting to punish countries whose policies aren’t in line with its own. Due to the Fed having...

John McCain: America’s Foreign Policy Loose Cannon

President Trump’s testy telephone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball quickly produced a reaction from one ubiquitous U.S. player on foreign policy issues, Arizona Senator John McCain. He contacted Australia’s ambassador in Washington...

The Simple Way to Save the U.S. Military: Ditch Unnecessary Missions

Within the past few months the Pentagon has announced the deployment of new combat power in Norway, Poland, Lithuania, Syria and Africa. This extends (and accelerates) a trend expanding the deployment of military power...

Trump Administration Needlessly Provoking Iran

The following article was originally published by the author on Medium. Barely two weeks after Trump’s inauguration, his administration is already laying the groundwork for what could become a dangerous military confrontation with Iran. On Monday,...