Author Archives: Doug Bandow

The Latest Balkans Breakdown is None of Washington’s Business

Geopolitical meddling has failed in that part of the world before. Why should we try again?

A Common Defense Could Make the European Union Great Again

The supranational giant has assumed unnecessary powers—but protecting the continent should be its responsibility.

On War With Iran, It’s Trump Versus the Founding Fathers

He seems to think he can launch an attack without congressional approval. The Constitution says otherwise.

Iran Says ‘Hell No!’ to Trump’s Aggression

They’re doing exactly what we would do in their situation and we should change course before it gets worse.

China Isn’t an Enemy and Hawks Shouldn’t Turn It Into One

Beijing wants to protect its own neighborhood, not commit suicide by challenging America.

India Will Never Be Great Until It Protects Religious Freedom

Hindu nationalist mobs there are increasingly targeting Muslims, Dalits, and especially Christians.

President Trump: Just Another Jailer of the Cuban People

By cracking down with more sanctions, he’s enabling Fidel Castro’s heirs.

Is the Trump Administration Helping the Saudis Build a Bomb?

The crown prince can’t be trusted with a bone saw, let alone nuclear weapons.

Venezuela is a Tragedy of Corruption, But Not a Threat

Rather than threatening intervention, Trump should stand down.

Sultan Erdogan’s Turkey Should Be Tossed From NATO

An authoritarian at home, duplicitous abroad, he is no friend nor ally of the U.S.

Africa and the Blood of Christians

Religious persecution there is horrific. And America’s military interventions have only made things worse.

‘Fort Trump’ in Poland: Why These Colors Won’t Fly

This could be the president’s boldest foreign policy contradiction yet.

Trump Can Turn America’s Defense Welfare Into a Profit Center

He’s right to say other nations should start paying for our military protection.

What Happened When We Kept Out of the India-Pakistan Fracas?

Nothing. That should teach us most of the world’s crises are none of Washington’s business.

When Withdrawing Troops is Worse Than Nuclear War

The Blob thinks removing our soldiers from Korea would be a catastrophe. But why?

Trump Treats Iraq Like a Conquered Province

He recognizes the folly of staying in Syria and Afghanistan forever. So why is Baghdad the exception?

Where ‘Religious Freedom’ Means Avoiding a Bloodbath

From Africa to India, persecution of the faithful is becoming common and our wars have only made it worse.

Ignore the Free-Riding International Peanut Gallery

Foreigners nudging America into their wars have brought us only debt and misery.

Venezuela Presents an Opportunity for Peace With Russia

It’s time for Trump to ignore the critics, sit down with Putin, and talk turkey.

Today’s NATO Mission is to Preserve Itself

The alliance is scrambling for purpose in a changed world. Trump is right to consider leaving.

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