Author Archives: Doug Bandow

Why “America First” Needs a European Union Military

Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion is actually a good one, even if it wasn’t made for all the right reasons.

Progressive Democrats Changing the Politics of Israel in America

In defending the Palestinians, candidates like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez are grabbing the third rail.

Donald Trump’s Hypocrisy on Taiwan

Rather than bashing smaller nations for recognizing the PRC, as we do, we should carefully assess our interests in East Asia.

The Debt the World Owes Hungary

They led Europe’s liberation from communism. This month, the anniversary of their revolution, we would be wise to remember.

Making Sure the Next Cold War Never Happens

China and America seem destined to clash in the 21st century. But that doesn’t mean they have to.

America’s Disastrous Occupation of Afghanistan Turns 17

And the Taliban are in their strongest position in just that many years.

NATO Welcomes Another Military Midget

The State Department continues its role as Macedonia’s cheerleader, treating membership as a form of charity.

Let Americans Visit North Korea Now

Kim has expressed his desire for contact with Americans. The Trump administration should give it to him.

Washington’s Endless Sanctions Are Finally Backfiring

They’ve always been ineffective. What’s different now is that they’re threatening to undermine American strength.

Washington’s Influence in Syria is Nowhere to be Found

Yet we’re still there, threatening Assad as though we won the war.

John McCain Leaves Behind a Hawkish Void

The media-savvy senator has no heir apparent.

Why Do We Still Have War Booty From The Philippines?

Three church bells were pilfered during our horrible war there. But politicians and the military refuse to give them back.

Corporate Welfare Lives On and On

From farm subsidies to the Export-Import Bank, special interest feeding frenzies are still the norm throughout government.

The Madness of Military Intervention in Venezuela

Bomb, invade, occupy a country, and watch it flourish?

America’s Facebook Friend Allies

We seem obsessed with collecting them, even though they’re far more of a burden than any online acquaintance.

Why America’s Allies Should Develop Nuclear Weapons

Proliferation is a good thing if it means relieving some of America’s numerous security guarantees.

An Arab NATO Would Be Two NATOs Too Many

Doubling down on Washington’s manifestly failed Mideast strategy.

Trump’s Iran Regime Change Fantasies

His advisors apparently believe that reliable actors are waiting in the wings. Haven’t we heard that before?

America Doesn’t Need Another Weakling NATO Ally

Macedonia is the latest nation invited into the alliance, but how does that enhance America’s (or Europe’s) security?

No, Secretary Pompeo, America’s Strategy in Afghanistan is Not Working

The green-on-blue killing of an American soldier is just the latest indication that this war has failed.

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