The Folly of Military Intervention Without Public Support

Whether he entirely meant them to be or not, the essential tenets of Donald Trump’s successful run for the presidency were the winning issues of securing our border, restricting immigration, promoting fair trade, and limited foreign intervention. They have become known among a certain class of core supporters as ‘Trumpism.’ Those of us who

By | 2017-05-26T21:46:05+00:00 May 26th, 2017|

Trump, Pope Have Opportunity to Forge Meaningful Alliance

When the pope and the president meet in the Apostolic Palace — the official residence of the pope in Vatican City — this Wednesday, they will be setting a much-needed example for a nation convulsed by post-election tantrums. Conservative speakers are disinvited on college campuses, conservative professors become objects of career-ending derision, the

By | 2017-05-27T17:13:42+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Deterrence, Multilateralism, and Trade Are Trump’s Solution for the Mideast

President Donald J. Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia stands in stark contrast with  Barack Obama’s first visit to the kingdom in 2009. Indeed, Trump’s entire presidency can be taken as a sharp rebuke to the failures of the Obama Administration. And yet, while Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia when contrasted with Obama’s

By | 2017-05-25T22:37:21+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

The Bin Laden Raid: Tactical Brilliance, Strategic Dissonance

On May 11, 2011, the Obama Administration authorized the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six to conduct a daring raid into the heart of Pakistan. Abbottabad, Pakistan is the home of the Pakistan military’s most prestigious academy. It also has a very posh VIP section of town where there are very large, private compounds.

By | 2017-05-15T20:27:37+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

Trump’s Quiet Victories

It requires a bit of perspective to see the trend in Washington: nothing fails to succeed like success. When presidents have threatened the Washington condominium of Tweedledee liberal Democrats and barely distinguishable Tweedledum Republicans, and then were seen as successes, opposition flaked off in retreat. So it was with Richard Nixon, who arrived

By | 2017-05-14T14:25:12+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

The Continuing Irrelevance of Hillary Clinton and the DNC

Hillary Clinton was interviewed recently by Christiane Amanpour for the vacuously (and ironically) entitled “Women for Women” summit in New York City. During the colloquy, Amanpour brought up foreign policy, specifically as it is related to North Korea. Between the ceaseless barrage of insults hurled at President Trump from both Clinton and Amanpour,

By | 2017-05-10T19:06:28+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|

A Retrospective on Trump’s First 100 Days, Part 1

Author’s note: This article has been prepared in line with the factual standards employed by CNN and Buzzfeed. Any “fake news,” therefore, cannot be present. President Trump’s first 100 days have come to their end, and good God, have they been eventful. So eventful, in fact, that it’s doubtful Washington will cease having

By | 2017-05-14T14:41:00+00:00 April 28th, 2017|