Realism & Restraint

Max Boot Resurrects the Lansdale Legend

If only we’d listened to an eccentric CIA operative, we might have won the Vietnam War.

Trump Should Test North Korea with the Offer of a Grand Bargain

If Kim is serious about disarming, Trump should offer a Korean peace treaty, diplomatic recognition, and an end to economic sanctions.

Of Course NATO is Obsolete

Trump was smarter when he was ignorant. The alliance desperately needs a rethink.

Will the U.S. Go to War With China Over Taiwan?

It’s time to rethink our defense commitments. Risking a catastrophic conflict is too great a price for Taiwanese independence.

After Routing ISIS From Iraq…More War

Now the U.S. has backed itself into the Turkey-Kurd conflict.

Trump’s Nuke Plan Raising Alarms Among Military Brass

They say strategy led by DoD policy wonks could lead to dangerous nuclear escalation.

Trump’s National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne

Along with the entire the military-industrial complex.

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