Is the Interventionists' Era Over for Good?

Is the Interventionists’ Era Over for Good?

Denunciation of Erdogan for invading Syria is almost universal. Congress is clamoring for sanctions. NATO allies are cutting off weapons sales. But before we act, some history should be revisited. President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria. …

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Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'?

Is Trump At Last Ending Our ‘Endless Wars’?

Among those objecting most loudly to an American withdrawal from the forever wars of the Middle East are those who were the most enthusiastic about plunging us in. The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, …

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Can Trump Still Avoid War with Iran?

Can Trump Still Avoid War with Iran?

A more fundamental question arises: If the United States was not attacked, why is it our duty to respond militarily to an attack on Saudi Arabia? President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military …

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Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?

Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?

Putin also sees the social excesses of multiculturalism and secularism in the West as representing a failure of liberalism. “The liberal idea has become obsolete. … (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.” Such was the confident claim of …

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Who Wants This War with Iran?

Who Wants This War with Iran?

Outside a few precincts, America has no enthusiasm for a new Mideast war, no stomach for any occupation of Iran. Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. … We …

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Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War with Iran?

Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War with Iran?

Did President Donald Trump approve of this? …If it is not Trump pushing for confrontation and war with Iran, who is? Last week, it was Venezuela in America’s gun sights. “While a peaceful solution is desirable, military action is possible,” thundered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “If that’s what is …

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Is Bernie Stealing Trump's 'No More Wars' Issue?

On to Caracas and Tehran!

In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.” Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff? Or is Trump prepared to use military force to bring …

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How the War Party Lost the Middle East

How the War Party Lost the Middle East

“Assad must go, Obama says.” So read the headline in The Washington Post, Aug. 18, 2011. The story quoted President Barack Obama directly: “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. … the time has come for President Assad …

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