Tag Archives: Foreign policy

Exploring masterpieces of received political reporting

Hours before North Korea shocked no one except White House officials Matt Yglesias offered a summary of what we know about the occupant of the Oval Office: Donald Trump is a liar. More than that, he’s a fraud. Not just … Continue reading

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More autumns for the patriarchs

After more than forty years of a Castro as president of Cuba, the National Assembly of People’s Power has, well, assembled to pick a successor. Mimi Whitefield: “The significance of this event cannot be overstated. The new leadership is composed … Continue reading

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Americans lead coalition in effort to Do Something

The drums of war beat again, and with John Bolton in charge of the National Security Council it’s 2002 all over again. Larison connects the dots: Trump’s statement announcing the attack contained a lot of the usual moralizing rhetoric we … Continue reading

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Trump’s foreign policy

There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” … Continue reading

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The Russia connections

David Corn insists we shouldn’t let disgraced national security advisor Michael Flynn fade away to a consulting or lobbying job or FOX News commentator. So what did they chat about? Did Flynn warn Kislyak not to mess with US democracy? … Continue reading

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Cuba and America: what Fidel Castro got wrong — and right

Gore Vidal in Empire: The black eyes were as quick as the wit; and the swift smile was both frank and agreeably murderous. “If you really want the Philippines,” said Hay, “you can have them. I’ve got too much time … Continue reading

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‘He’s there in a certain way’

Wallace Shawn or Tony Kushner could’ve written the following exchange this morning with Clinton plant George Stephanopoulos: TRUMP: I’m all in favor of NATO. I said NATO is obsolete. I was asked a question by one of your competitors and … Continue reading

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Sadism and the American foreign policy elite

If foreign policy hasn’t emerged as a subject this primary season other than as metonym for incoherence in Syria or insanity about forcing Mexico to pay for a wall it doesn’t want, it’s because no one has presented saner alternatives. … Continue reading

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Of geniuses, mandarins, and institutionalists

Patrick McGilligan – Young Orson Simon Callow, Clinton Heylin, David Thomson, and the Welles-approved Barbara Leaming have covered this ground, but what distinguishes this SS-20 of a tome is the attention on George Orson’s origins. Raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin by … Continue reading

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How Clinton is a better campaigner

Hillary Clinton didn’t “win” the foreign policy of Feb. 4’s Democratic debate. Unlike Bernie Sanders, she accepted the premise of Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow’s boneheaded questions about Syria and Afghanistan. Not one question, for example, on whether an American … Continue reading

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The realism trap

I suppose dumb libs may choose Donald Trump as a lesser evil because he’s not, to use a dreadful metaphor with some truth, “owned” by lobbyists. Nonsense. “The only reason that this idea of Trump-as-realist is even being entertained at … Continue reading

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‘The UK will follow our lead’

The death of outrage: A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War. The sensational leak shows that Blair had given … Continue reading

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