"It’s time for Washington to try something different."
"America is willing to risk war with a nuclear-armed power to protect countries that matter little for U.S. security."
Obama apparently hopes to make U.S. participation in Iraq inevitable through a time-honored bootstrap: keep Americans at risk and then intervene to save them. Wilson would be proud.
"President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doesn’t impress. But not for lack of 'will' or 'credibility.'”
Tokyo plans to take a more active role internationally—which is good news for Washington. But the time has come for it to do even more.
"The situation facing Ukraine is tragic, but not one of strategic significance to America."
"Sixty-one years after the end of the Korean War, the ROK still refuses to defend itself."
Washington should engage diplomatically with the Pyongyang. Doing so might not change anything, but that would be no worse than the status quo.
"America should maintain alliances only when doing so makes Americans safer. Backing Poland against Russia does not."
Washington should reconsider who it protects from whom, reserving “worthwhile” alliances for countries that offer something meaningful to America in return.
"Not every commitment is equally important. Not every conflict is equally threatening. Not every problem is equally open to an American solution."
Angry elites target democracy.
Many observers have waited a long time for Pyongyang to fall. They probably will have to wait a lot longer. What should Washington do?
Policies for a perennial problem-state.
Easy foreign money has allowed Cairo to put off necessary reforms of its distorted, inefficient economy.
"America should reject any direct military role. In no case should the US be involved in occupying and pacifying the North."
It isn't clear what's causing the purges—but they make reform and stability unlikely.
The Syrian civil war is clearly a tragedy. Yet, America should draw only one red line: against involvement.
The UK faces pressure from Spain and Argentina over Gibraltar and the Falklands.
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