What Giulio Douhet and John Warden could teach President Trump about taking down the mullahs.
In his inaugural address, President Trump declared that the American people "will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action." The easiest way for him to retain the White House is to get even tougher on immigration.
Trump has avoided war while reasserting American dominance, demonstrating just how weak Iran truly is, and making it clear that we will no longer tolerate Iranian mischief. If the elites truly cared about the country, they would be happy.
The best course for the United States and Russia is to recognize that their common interest in peace in the Mediterranean requires parallel measures to restrain Erdoğan.
Iran has been attacking our citizens with impunity for decades. It must stop. It will stop. And Donald Trump will stop them.
A growing pile of studies and a growing pile of corpses show that the debate over trade—specifically trade with Red China—cannot be limited to a dissection of economic indices, profit and loss statements, and “increased shareholder value.”
What the reaction to President Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites tells us about elite priorities.
It’s imperative that the president knows his leash is short. The neoconservatives that have compounded the mess in the Middle East have torched their credibility and their usefulness. We won’t be fooled again.
Getting distracted by this peripheral, chaotic, and sectarian part of the world has as little to do with our long term interests today as Lebanon did in 1983.
Taking down a long-standing adversary of the United States, with a minimum loss of life at a relatively low cost and by remote, high-tech means would be an enormous payoff. Imagine that.
The overwhelming majority of Americans will support the president—the Democrats have put their head in a noose while standing over a trap-door. The consequences are predictable.
The president is leaving Iran, Iraq, and Syria to their own self-destructive devices while he empowers U.S. allies in the region and focuses on defending actual American interests.
President Trump should trust his original gut instinct. He should unilaterally withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. The American people do not benefit from more war. We never have.
A patient course gives Iran no option but to play Trump’s game at no cost or bloodshed for America.
The United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.
We have ordnance that can kill enemies 200 feet underground. But the important part is to limit civilian casualties while causing the Iranian economy and regime to implode.
Right now the hugely expensive fighter jet is riddled with enough defects to make it the wrong choice to quarterback our air fleet.
Trump has always shown that he prefers diplomacy to military action. At the same time, he understands, as did Ronald Reagan, that diplomacy only works when it is backed up by military strength and a willingness to exercise it.
Thus far, the president has found the Goldilocks zone of dealing with Iran’s perennial threat. The next move is in the mullahs’ hands.
The United States has preferred toothless sanctions over victory. But sometimes the right sanctions are deadlier than atom bombs.