Author Archives: Peter Van Buren

Rex Tillerson ‘Is a Dead Man Walking’

Fresh rumors of his demise may not be greatly exaggerated. Here’s why.

Don’t Blame Donald Trump for Eclipsing the State Department

The real culprit is a much older one: our militaristic foreign policy.

How to Talk to Trump-Hating Millennials This Thankgiving

They’ve got their callow Huffington Post dinner-conversation tips, now hear ours.

We Sent Them To War, Now It’s Our Turn To Pay

“I heard about Private First Class Brian Edward Hutson’s death at breakfast…”

Extend the First Amendment to Twitter and Google Now

Too many people are being shut up, and shut out of the quasi-public cyberspace.

Shutting Up Richard Spencer

Ohio State is trying to prevent him from speaking. That isn’t their choice to make.

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.

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