The Worst Possible Inaugural Address, By the Worst Possible President

Donald Trump is now the president of the United States, and on his very first day, with his very first speech, he has managed to redraw the picture of America to which we are used. Before Trump, we were accustomed to an America that engaged the world with confidence and strength. An America willing to …

Everything Old Is New Again

The president who promised to get us out of Iraq--and keep us out--has decided that we need to go back into Iraq. My realist bent understands the reasons for our return, and my realpolitik leanings appreciate them, but of course, we have absolutely no idea when our how our involvement is going to end, what constitutes "victory" …

The Nation’s False and Dishonest Crimea Narrative

For those who believe that the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia might actually unite Americans of all ideological stripes in opposition to the thuggishness of the Putin regime, I give you this piece by editors of the Nation. It shows that even now, in the immediate aftermath of the annexation, while historical memories are still fresh, there are …

Afghanistan Is Worth the Trouble. But Hamid Karzai May Not Be.

I continue to believe that securing Afghanistan against the Taliban and against terrorist groups is vital to the national security interests of the United States. Ditching Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Soviet withdrawal from the country led to disastrous developments, including--but not limited to--9/11. And if the Taliban are able to govern substantial swaths …

Department of Self-Corrections (Al Qaeda and Benghazi Edition)

In the past, I have argued that it really does not matter whether or not al Qaeda was involved in the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Well, as it turns out, that's not quite right: The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, …

Who Cares Whether al Qaeda Was Involved in the Benghazi Attack?

I am scratching my head, wondering what the point is of arguing over whether al Qaeda was behind the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. I don't see why the identity of the terrorist group matters when it comes to judging the Obama administration's awful handling of the issue. We got varying stories …