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    What Republican Foreign Policy Reform Requires
    Jul19

    What Republican Foreign Policy Reform Requires

    Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam propose a “cure for Trumpism” for the GOP. The foreign policy section makes some sense, but doesn’t get us very far: To voters who watched their children bleed in Iraq and Afghanistan, or who have bled themselves, the party hasn’t provided much reassurance that it has learned lessons from those conflicts....

    Is the Party Over for Bushism?
    Jul19

    Is the Party Over for Bushism?

    Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees. These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however,...

    Trumpism After Trump
    Jul19

    Trumpism After Trump

    One does not have to be a science-fiction writer to imagine what will happen if Donald Trump is defeated in November, especially if he loses more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Members of the #NeverTrump wing of the Republican establishment will change their hashtag to #ToldYouSo, contemplating how Jeb Bush, with his reassuring...

    The Folly of Arming Ukraine and the GOP Platform
    Jul19

    The Folly of Arming Ukraine and the GOP Platform

    Daniel DePetris observes that most of the Republican platform on foreign policy and national security shows that the hawks remain firmly in charge of the party’s agenda, and I agree. It is worth noting, though, that the Trump campaign has gone against the hawkish consensus on at least one issue. Josh Rogin reports that Trump campaign...

    Russian Harassment and Other Fables
    Jul13

    Russian Harassment and Other Fables

    Whenever the subject of American foreign-policy catastrophes comes up, the word “Iraq” immediately comes to mind. But George W. Bush’s ill-fated invasion of that hapless land in reality did not do irreparable damage to the United States. That is not to trivialize the costs, including trillions of dollars and the deaths of thousands of...

    Stavridis’ Dangerous Ideas
    Jul12

    Stavridis’ Dangerous Ideas

    The New York Times reports that Clinton is vetting retired admiral James Stavridis as a possible running mate: Some close to Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state, say she was always likely to have someone with military experience on her vice-presidential shortlist, and Mr. Stavridis, currently the dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts...

    Our Ridiculous Foreign Policy Debates
    Jul01

    Our Ridiculous Foreign Policy Debates

    Michael Cohen offers some advice to foreign policy policymakers and pundits: To put it bluntly, not everything fits neatly into our preconceived framing devices, and certainly not everything is about the United States. Other countries have agency, too, and can make decisions that affect their national destiny, independently of the United States....

    After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising
    Jun28

    After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising

    Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The Cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace. While Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU, England voted for independence. These people, with their unique history, language, and culture, want to write their own laws and rule themselves. The English...

    ‘Brexit’ and the Unappealing EU
    Jun23

    ‘Brexit’ and the Unappealing EU

    Tim Black observes that even supporters for staying in the EU can’t muster any enthusiasm for it: Just listen to someone make the case for Remain: they’ll admit the EU is flawed; they’ll say it could be more democratic; and they’ll even acknowledge that, despite some left-ish postures, it has screwed whole peoples over,...

    Endangered Hawks
    Jun22

    Endangered Hawks

    The 2016 presidential election has been a dispiriting one for Americans interested in a having a more restrained and responsible foreign policy. The Republican field was overflowing with hawkish candidates, and Hillary Clinton arguably has the most aggressive foreign policy of any Democratic nominee since Lyndon Johnson. The Republican nominee,...

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