Brent Scowcroft and the Need for a Better Realist Theory of International Relations

I swear to goodness that I am not trying to turn all of my public writing spaces into All-Things-Scowcroftian-All-The-Time discussion locales, but the death of Brent Scowcroft caused me to go back to a 2005 article in the New Yorker written by Jeffrey Goldberg, that profiled Scowcroft in light of his dissent from the Bush …

BREAKING: National Security Advisers Have Views of Their Own

I am more than a bit confused by the claim that because Brent Scowcroft had opinions--strong opinions, even!--it meant that he didn't "follow 'the Scowcroft model.'" My confusion stems in significant part from the fact that I know of no one at all who claims (with a straight face, anyway) that the national security adviser to …

In Memoriam: Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (Ret.)

The administration of George Herbert Walker Bush featured, without a shadow of a doubt, the best foreign policy team of my lifetime, designing and implementing the best foreign policy initiatives and programs in my lifetime, and doing the very best job of any administration in my lifetime in terms of responding to historic changes and …

On the Mueller Hearings

There was no way that Robert Mueller was going to move the needle today on the issue of impeachment. If you went into the Mueller hearings--before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee immediately thereafter--favoring the impeachment and conviction of the worst president we have ever had and the worst person to ever …

Book Party Review–“Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump”

My tremendous jet-setting ways landed me at a book party this evening for Rick Reilly, the celebrated ESPN talent whose new book, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, has garnered significant amounts of attention and favorable reviews. I of course have not yet had time to read the book—having just purchased it this evening, …

Of Course Trumpkins Are Latter-Day Chekists. Of Course They Are.

Since June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced for the presidency, America has been inundated with a veritable cascade of Trumpian awfulness. The outrageous behavior--consisting of multiple forms of bigotry, outright ignorance on the part of the president and his minions, complete incompetence, blatantly unpatriotic behavior and appalling corruption--has come to the public's attention at …

The Good and “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” of John Bolton

Now that John Bolton is going to be Donald Trump's third national security adviser in a little over a year(!), it behooves us to consider what we might expect during Bolton's tenure. The position of national security adviser is exceptionally influential--especially given the recent tendency over the span of several administrations to concentrate significant amounts …

This Is What Dereliction of Duty Looks Like

I urge everyone to read this horrifying account of how the Obama administration learned of Russian active measures that were designed to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and to throw the election to Donald Trump, whom the Russians have long seen as far friendlier to their interests and designs. I won't excerpt anything from the story; …

“Hamilton”: A Review . . . along with Associated Comments

On the evening of March 15, I finally got a chance to see the Chicago production of Hamilton. It was everything that I hoped that it would be, but of course, there is much more to say about this extraordinary production. So, I aim to say it here and now. The production closely follows the soundtrack, …

Lives (and Other Things) that Do and Do Not Matter: The Donald Trump Edition

I have been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and the lives and other things that may or may not matter to him. After much deliberation, I think I have divined a certain set of criteria with which we may determine which lives and things do and do not matter. First of all, according to …