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 …

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 …

Donald Trump Is a Threat to the National Security of the United States and the Security of the World

And yes, I mean every word in the title of this blog post. Here is why. To start, let it be noted that Donald Trump, by himself, can do more to disrupt international security and stability than can most latent geopolitical threats out there: A Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could …

When Denouncing Donald Trump, Be Really Loud About It

When my father was a very little boy--I don’t remember how little, but I believe that his age was in the single digits--his parents decided to host some friends at their home in Tehran. My paternal grandfather, took the opportunity, during the gathering, to tell all of his friends about his very clever eldest son, …

Hypocrisy: It Never Goes Out of Style

I look forward to the time when we will have a Republican president, and anything resembling the politicization of intelligence will be vigorously denounced by just about every media outlet in existence. But for now, we do not have a Republican president, so we have to be content with the Daily Beast's denunciation of the …

Yes, I Most Certainly Have Concerns about the Nuclear Deal with Iran

I would like to think that the nuclear deal with Iran is a good one. I would like to think that it will succeed and prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear power. I would like to think that it will increase regional stability and security, and that in doing so, it will increase global …

Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Puppet

I have written in the past about Stephen Cohen and his habit of writing apologias on behalf of the Putin regime. Comes now this piece to shed further light on Cohen's habit of using whatever intellectual and moral credibility he has left--and it ain't much--to characterize even the worst Putinesque behavior in the best possible light: …

The War in Afghanistan and the Media’s Double Standards

Walter Russell Mead is properly scathing when it comes to his discussion of the media's coverage of the war in Afghanistan. As he reminds us, back in 2008, candidate Obama ran on the position that Afghanistan was "the necessary war," and that he would do whatever it took to win it. We haven't won it, …

If an Anti-Terrorism Strategy Doesn’t Work, the Obama Administration Will Endorse It

To wit: President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism. By some measures, it has paid dividends. U.S. drones have killed several of the Islamist group’s leaders, including two top planners in just the past month, a senior administration …

An Update on Russian Belligerence

The Vladimir Putin regime does not allow any grass to grow under its feet. There may be plenty of problems in the world, but the Putin regime--ever industrious--never hesitates to try to add to them. We have, for example, a purported threat by the Russians to use "nuclear force"  in order "to defend its annexation …