Author Archives: Michael C. Desch

The Much Diminished Russian Bear

Putin might be loud and disruptive, but he’s hardly the neo-Soviet menace that many Westerners see.

America’s (Dis) Regard for its Soldiers and Veterans

What would happen to war if we all had more ‘skin in the game’?

How Popular Is Peace?

To win independents, the GOP must rethink its hawkishness.

Neoconservatism Rebaptized

“Conservative internationalism” is a new name for the same old right-wing interventionist follies.

Exorcising George McGovern

How the GOP lost its foreign-policy advantage

How Much Does Osama Matter?

By Michael C. Desch | May 25, 2011 While Osama bin Laden …

The Liberal Complex

Idealism, not economics, drives American militarism. By Michael C. Desch President Eisenhower …

Divestment Diversion

Boycotting Israel will not foster peace.

Apocalypse Not

Stalin’s nuclear arsenal wasn’t the end of the world. Ahmadinejad’s won’t be either.

Declaring Forever War

Giuliani has surrounded himself with advisors who think the Bush Doctrine didn’t go nearly far enough.

Prophets in Their Own Land

How to go from respected academic to anti-Semite—in one simple step

Sharansky’s Double Standard

For the advocate of universal democracy, human rights don’t begin at home.

What Would Strauss Do?

Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire, Anne Norton, Yale University Press, 256 pages

The Peace That Failed

The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, Dennis Ross, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 872 pages

Abusing the Holocaust

The overused analogy misdirects American policy.

Ominous Precedent

As Israel learned in Lebanon, military victory does not guarantee political success.

Know Thy Enemy

The cakewalk brigade underestimates the peril of urban warfare.