Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

August 27, 2021

When the United States began Operation Enduring Freedom, leading its forces into Afghanistan to empower local resistance to oust the Taliban, Afghans around the world cheered in sheer jubilance. The unipolar hero that is the United States of America had come to save the day and defeat the wicked...

What About Those Who Were Right on Afghanistan?

August 24, 2021

America’s corporate media are ringing with recriminations over the humiliating US military defeat in Afghanistan. But very little of the criticism goes to the root of the problem, which was the original decision to militarily invade and occupy Afghanistan in the first place. That decision...

Joe Biden Faces a Dilemma Over Iran

August 05, 2021

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to US President Joe Biden’s deterrence credibility problem with Iran. This must seem like déjà vu to him, since he witnessed similar dynamics play out during an earlier stint at the White House. Several weeks ago came news that the FBI had...

Joe Biden Faces Many Challenges in Latin America

June 17, 2021

Donald Trump, the 45th US president, broke with decades of a relatively bipartisan foreign policy consensus by wreaking havoc on US bilateral relations with China and the European Union. Latin America was an exception to the Trump playbook. It is true that US relations with Mexico were...

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

May 24, 2021

Though the stale expression “political capital” has become a handy item in every pundit’s vocabulary, there was a time when the financial metaphor would have seemed jarring and paradoxical in the context of democracy. Its popularity today reflects a disturbing trend in the reasoning that...

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

April 27, 2021

International military cooperation can take many forms. When pushed to the extreme, it can even turn into its opposite. What was meant to protect from danger can sometimes become the fact that precipitates an unwanted conflict. For that reason, most nations now seek to avoid the once popular idea...

How Joe Biden Looks at the World

March 26, 2021

In his first foreign policy speech as president, delivered at the State Department on February 4, 2021, Joe Biden laid out his vision of America’s engagement with the world. In its conventional combination of the stick of military power and the carrot of diplomacy, Biden’s address...

In Conversation With General David Petraeus

March 22, 2021

General David Petraeus, the former CIA director, lays out his vision for US foreign policy, identifying the key threats to world order and how America and its allies can tackle them head on.

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

March 19, 2021

Not a single congressional Republican voted for the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Not even the so-called moderate Republicans, the handful who backed the second impeachment of former US President Donald Trump, deigned to support an economic package that helps Americans hardest hit by the...

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

February 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

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