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Will Trump Get Played by North Korea? He Just Did

Will Donald Trump join the list of American presidents and diplomats who have been played for suckers by North Korea? It looks like he already has. First, let’s be clear what North Korea’s game is and how the new proposal for a meeting between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un fits into it. The […]

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President Trump Has a Clear Shot at Iran

Over the past week, a new wave of anti-regime protests has broken out in Iran, and it could not have happened at a more opportune time. Following the defeat of ISIS in Syria, this gives America the clearest shot we have had in a long time at helping the Iranian people take down a dangerous […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is a grudging acknowledgement of the good parts of the Trump administration. 1. How to Succeed in War Without Really Trying Since this will be the last of these Sunday news roundups until the […]

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Victor Davis Hanson on World War II

I occasionally pinch hit as a guest host of The Federalist Radio Hour. Yesterday, I was called on to do an interview with historian Victor Davis Hanson about his new book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won. It was a very interesting and enlightening 45 minutes, discussing the […]

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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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The Trump Threat Level Is: Elevated

Three weeks into the Trump administration, is the new president living down to our worst fears, or is he doing better than expected? Let me put this in terms borrowed from the old color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The current Trump Threat Level is: Elevated. That’s the middle level, the yellow one between High and […]

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What Is the National Interest?

The Road from Etchasketchistan, Part 2 A few years ago, I compared the state of our foreign policy debate to the fictional country of Etchasketchistan. It is as if the foreign policy establishment have been turned upside down and shaken, resetting the alignments that have held since 9/11, and in some cases since the end […]

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Eighty Percent of Foreign Policy Is Just Showing Up

The Democratic National Convention opened in turmoil thanks to a collection of internal e-mails hacked from the Democratic National Committee, which show (among other things) just how heavily the party establishment put its thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton. The revelations have fueled ongoing protests within the convention hall by unreconciled Bernie Sanders supporters […]

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Trade War Is Trump’s Foreign Policy

The signature line of Donald Trump’s big foreign policy speech is: “I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how.” By “them,” he was referring to the Islamic State, which he vowed to destroy. But he might just as well have been referring to his audience. In a nearly hour-long speech, he revealed […]

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Putin’s Mini-Me

Can we get past the “we have to understand the discontent that gave rise to Trump” stage of the Republican primary and move on to the “this dangerous buffoon can’t be allowed anywhere near the White House” stage? I ask because Vladimir Putin just weighed in on the US election and basically endorsed Trump, calling […]

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