Iran Nuclear Deal and North Korean Talks: The Difference

There is a remarkable contrast between the current state of the North Korean negotiations and the recently decertified Iran nuclear agreement. In August, President Trump threatened the Pyongyang government with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” in response to its advances in atomic weaponry. Much of the media and the

By | 2018-05-19T10:24:53+00:00 May 19th, 2018|

Stupid Foreign Policy’s Futility

Yet another chapter in U.S. foreign policy’s history of ignorant, bloody, expensive, futile, counterproductive attempts to reshape foreign societies ended with Muqtada al-Sadr’s decisive victory in last week’s Iraqi elections. He won despite the U.S government’s all-out support for puppet Prime Minister Haider al Abadi (who came in last), and after a decade

By | 2018-05-19T23:45:41+00:00 May 19th, 2018|

Avoidable Tragedy: Why We Need Missile Defense Now

Decades ago, as a young intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army’s Pershing Nuclear Missile Brigade (56th Artillery), I wondered whether, as British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin said in 1932, “the bomber will always get through.” I wondered whether indeed an attack by air or missile could be stopped. I knew our Pershing 1

By | 2018-05-16T13:33:07+00:00 May 17th, 2018|

Trump’s Iran Decision Is Already Paying Off

The Iran deal has been killed. With it, Iran’s grand designs for regional hegemony are badly wounded. President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the deal comes at a time when the Iranian economy is suffering the effects of a decades’ long decline. After the Obama Administration secured its ill-advised executive agreement

By | 2018-05-14T14:58:06+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

Prospect of World Peace Threatens Media’s Porn Star Narrative

In the wee hours of the morning, a miracle occurred. The Stormy Daniels coverage dissipated, at least for a few moments, as President Trump welcomed home three American citizens released from captivity in North Korea. But the New York Times felt obligated to deflate even this decisive accomplishment. It noted that “other administrations,

By | 2018-05-10T13:16:53+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Tug of War Over the Iran Deal

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron came to Washington to lobby Donald Trump to break his promise to undo Barack Obama’s “Iran deal.” A few days later, Europe’s biggest figure, Germany’s Angela Merkel, came to town for the same purpose. Trump’s tendency to bend to the latest pressure being no secret, it was

By | 2018-05-02T00:13:35+00:00 May 1st, 2018|

Trump the Diplomat

Even critics of Donald Trump must acknowledge his recent wave of diplomatic successes. China has expanded market access to American exporters. The leaders of North and South Korea have held a summit, declared an end to their state of war, and the North has announced it would cease testing nuclear weapons. Mexico has

By | 2018-04-29T22:22:28+00:00 April 30th, 2018|