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Time to Extricate From Ukraine

Kiev has become a drag on Trump, but if we don't watch out, it could turn into a geopolitical threat to everyone.
Doug Bandow October 17, 2019

American ‘Freedom Man’ is Made of Straw

Bret Stephens' foolish caricature of America only nurses our delusions about 'the good' we've done in the world.
Andrew J. Bacevich October 16, 2019

The Kurds and the Sticky Wicket of Foreign Entanglements

Trump's decision to leave Syria is another lesson in losing sight of our nation's interests.
Ted Galen Carpenter October 14, 2019

Why the Syrian Kurds Aren’t Necessarily Our Friends

As usual, Beltway hawks and the media hive have oversimplified reality to advance their agendas.
Scott Ritter October 11, 2019

Why Trump Sort of Reminds Us of Charles De Gaulle

The two are very different, but when we deconstruct his foreign policy, we find a lot of good gut instinct.
Leon Hadar October 9, 2019

Powell Criticizes Underlings for Not Standing Up to Trump

Bush's secretary of state also knows a thing or two about following bad orders. Except he helped start a war.
Barbara Boland October 9, 2019

Onward Christian Soldier: Imagining a Pence Presidency

Be warned, the Vice President's foreign policy positions invoke a messianism not seen since the Bush Administration.
Barbara Boland October 7, 2019

John Bolton’s Revenge Tour

The former national security adviser trashes Trump's foreign policy as rumors swirl about Ukraine leaks.
Curt Mills October 3, 2019

Idiocy or Perfidy? How We Get Hooked on Foreign Democracy Crusades

Ted Carpenter's new book raises important questions about who is wagging who.
James Bovard October 2, 2019

Beware the Global Do-Gooder Democrats

Collective amnesia has given rise to another generation of humanitarian interventionists and liberal internationalists.
Hunter DeRensis September 30, 2019