William S. Smith

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Welcome to the Potemkin Village of Washington Power

Don't be misled: elected officials are subjugated to the national security firmament. Trump is just exposing it.
William S. Smith December 2, 2019

A Debauched Culture Leads to a Debauched Foreign Policy

Our recent hubristic wars did not happen in a vacuum, but downstream from the swamp we call our modern elite.
William S. Smith September 4, 2019

Mike Pompeo: American Jacobin

Seizing the moment, patient neocons co-opted Trumpian nationalism to continue American triumphalist policies.
William S. Smith May 28, 2019

When Conspiracy Is The Only Explanation For Failed Neo-Liberal Dreams

It couldn't possibly be that their Davos ideals were weak. Russia must be to blame.
William S. Smith February 4, 2019

The Civil War on America’s Horizon

Trump and his critics despise each other. All that's needed now is a spark.
William S. Smith September 11, 2018
President George W. Bush 2nd Inaugural Address

America the Unexceptional

Believing we're exempt from the moral law because we stand for "democracy" is the worst mistake we've ever made.
William S. Smith August 8, 2018

Why Foreign Policy Realism Isn’t Enough

Realists need to provide something more than cold balances of power: a sense of morality.
William S. Smith June 5, 2018

Welcome to the Welfare-Warfare State

And beware the three-headed hydra of militarism, constitutional flaccidity and profligate domestic spending.
William S. Smith April 4, 2018