What Trump Will Leave in Biden's Inbox

What Trump Will Leave in Biden’s Inbox

Then, there are the human rights backsliders that are U.S. partners and allies — Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. How does Biden deal with the party’s progressives who demand he sanction such partner-nations — without risking the loss of these countries’ cooperation on our policy agenda? Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim …

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Can America Do It All?

Can America Do It All?

With the national debt already equal to the GDP, and growing faster now, a question arises: Where does this end? In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records. The deficit came in at $3.1 trillion, twice the previous record of $1.4 …

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Putin's Got His Problems, Too

Putin’s Got His Problems, Too

While our Beltway elites are obsessed with Russia and Putin, seeing in them a mortal threat to our democracy, close observers are seeing something else. Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered: The Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, …

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Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

Recognition of Israel by the UAE and Bahrain will, it is predicted, be followed by recognition of Israel by Oman and other Gulf states, perhaps even Saudi Arabia. But the idea that peace is at hand appears to be, as Mark Twain said of reports of his death, premature. Having …

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Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

Clearly, with the cuts in troops in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the appointments of Ruger and Macgregor, Trump has signaled a new resolve to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy in an “America First” direction, if he wins a second term. “There is no… sound reason for the United States to …

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Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Potential collisions between the U.S., Russia or China are not even back-burner issues this election year. Meanwhile, we are consumed by the coronavirus, the crashed economy, racial divisions and riots that have ripped apart cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Kenosha since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. In …

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A Most Consequential Presidency

A Most Consequential Presidency

Trump has also changed the character and composition of the GOP, making it more of a working- and middle-class party. Where George H.W. Bush sought to build a “New World Order” with America as global hegemon and George W. Bush preached a global crusade for democracy “to end tyranny in …

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Will COVID-19 Retire the World's Policeman?

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America’s retreat from global hegemony? For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were …

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