Realism & Restraint
Both are important, but prioritizing the latter leads to needless humanitarian wars that don’t work.
History shows that a jingoistic media can whip up support for hardline policies, as Trump rightly pointed out.
But his policies are, in fact, right out of the standard GOP playbook.
Putin might be loud and disruptive, but he’s hardly the neo-Soviet menace that many Westerners see.
The Washington establishment came to their own conclusions about Russia and NATO—but this is what they missed.
Macedonia is the latest nation invited into the alliance, but how does that enhance America’s (or Europe’s) security?
Neoconservatives like Max Boot are fooling themselves if they think imposing ‘values’ on the rest of the world isn’t a matter of empire.
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As the media fulminates, they fail to see how Trump has kept the usual machinery running.
If he doesn’t, the nuclear buildup he so callously advocates will become a reality, with Moscow several laps ahead.
Trump has the opportunity for his greatest foreign policy accomplishment yet.
It started with the Iraq War, which enlarged Iran’s regional power.
If it worked during the high stakes of the Cold War, it can work now, too.
Beijing policymakers may not be as happy as the headline writers think.
Despite Gina Haspel’s promises, we are in real danger of further excursions into the dark side.
And any agreement with North Korea will probably look like the JCPOA he despises.
Realists need to provide something more than cold balances of power: a sense of morality.
How many times are we going to say “he’s the one” in this failing war?