Author Archives: Peter Van Buren

Trump and Kim Madmen? Not So Fast

This is where the hysterical World War III theory falls apart.

Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’ is No Profile in Courage

Celebrated filmmaker continues tradition of avoiding inconvenient truths.

Don’t Whitewash the Hiroshima Bombing

It reveals a dangerous strain of vengeance in U.S. foreign policy.

I Warned About Iran and the Media Ignored Me

Because Iraq was Obama’s war to lose.

Ask Grandpa What He Did in the Good War

Civilian deaths weren’t always ‘accidental.’

2018 Is Going to Be Another Rough Year for Democrats

Trump’s election was not the wake-up call for smug liberals that many thought it would be.

The Mob Vetoes Ann Coulter

Free speech is messy, and it is our essential defense against fascism, whether from the left or the right.

Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?

Drone strikes require deeper reforms than changing which officials approve a “kill list.”

10 Things the Media Will Get Wrong About Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

A State Department veteran clarifies what is and isn’t unprecedented about the travel ban.

State of Irrelevance

Secretary Tillerson will lead diplomats increasingly on the sidelines of foreign-policy decisions.

Presidents, Profits, and Princes

Clinton supporters have a new fantasy of bringing down Trump with the Emoluments Clause.

How to Delegitimize a President

Attempts to overturn the election threaten to undermine the tradition of peaceful transfer of power.

What Trump Could Do With Executive Power

Obama will hand the new administration an unprecedented amount of presidential prerogatives.

A Tale of Three Foundations

Carter’s, Clinton’s, and Trump’s.

How Did We End Up With Such Unpopular Candidates?

They are us.

Apologizing to My Daughter for 15 Years of War

She won’t be able to escape “terrorism.”

Unpacking the DNC Emails

It’s not a coup; it’s a surrender.

Hillary Isn’t a Lock

Don’t forget she is running for office while under investigation by the FBI.

Our Snapchat Wars

There are things we’ve forgotten that couldn’t matter more.

Back to the Future on Foreign Policy

Five urgent questions that were ignored in the 2012 debates—and are being ignored now

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