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Trump Can’t Either Win Or Go Home

President Trump has announced American air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, in partnership with Britain and France. The airstrikes are for one night only, supposedly targeting the “heart” of Syria’s chemical weapons program, though the Department of Defense “acknowledged that the Syrian government most likely retained some ability to again attack its own […]

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Why “Win and Go Home” Doesn’t Work

President Trump took to Twitter (obligatory eye roll) to threaten Syria over its latest chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet previous reports indicated that after the collapse of ISIS, Trump had been wanting to declare victory and go home. Well, that’s the trick, isn’t it? The “win and go home” meme is popular among America […]

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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 dissonance between principles and reality. 1. The Blue Dog Wave A weird special election held this week in Pennsylvania–it’s for a congressional district that is going to disappear this November due to redistricting–may […]

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Stop Trying to Make Watergate Happen

The sensational release of the Nunes memo on Friday, and a whole series of new releases of information that are going to start coming thick and fast in its wake, brought the controversy over the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign fully to the public’s attention. If you’re trying to get up to speed, it […]

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The Committee to Betray Journalists

A group called the Committee to Protect Journalists just named Donald Trump, our very own president of these United States, as the winner of its award for Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom. This makes a mockery of the CPJ’s supposed mission of protecting the freedom of the press. That naming Trump a top […]

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The Illusion of Nationalism

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics. This isn’t the partial ban imposed on Russia for the 2016 games. This time, Russia is being expunged from the Olympics. As the New York Times sums it up, “The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed […]

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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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This Won’t Be Trump’s GOP

If you’ve encountered hard-core Trump supporters, you’ve probably heard them declare that his candidacy is a kind of cleansing fire that is going to purge the weaklings from the party and remake it in their leader’s image. Maybe so, and that’s what a lot of us fear. We fear that if the Republican Party becomes […]

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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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