How Obama Took Foreign Policy Forward — And Back

For Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world at large. For critics of the outgoing president, Obama could do no right as he plunged the United States into the worst crisis in...
Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit

Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit

In a surprise announcement on March 14, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians were withdrawing “most of our military” from Syria beginning immediately. According to the TASS news agency, Putin said he hoped the withdrawal “will become a good...
Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are?

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are?

Nixon lied. Surely this is not a shocker. But what’s interesting about the latest revelation concerning Nixon and Vietnam is that the most duplicitous president in U.S. history actually knew that the U.S. air war in Southeast Asia was a dismal failure. Even as Nixon...
The Problem with Young Dictators

The Problem with Young Dictators

The classic image of the dictator clinging to power, resisting the world’s entreaties to resign, and fending off internal attempts at ouster is that of an old man, stubborn and long past caring what others think. He’s been on the throne for so long that his name...
Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

The Obama administration’s decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement. It will almost certainly accelerate the chaos spreading from the almost three-year old civil war. It will also...
On the Brink of Another War

On the Brink of Another War

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East. Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama’s self-declared “red line” by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including...
Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, using as a justification its conclusion that the Assad regime had killed 150 or more people with sarin gas – technically a weapon of mass destruction – the Obama administration has made decision to supply Syrian rebels with small arms...
Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Syria’s civil war has inspired some in Congress and in the media. Stupidity or insanity? Some people don’t learn from past mistakes. Why start another body count in a Middle East conflict with no direct relationship to U.S. security? New York Times...