The Skeptics

Three Big Reasons Bernie Failed

Unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, presidential politics is all about the math. Hillary Clinton increased her delegate lead over Sanders on a night that Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver were banking would be a solid performance for their boss. Instead, Sanders was butchered: he lost by 12 points in California and 26 points in New Jersey.

Can Realists Escape Trump?

Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy speech last Thursday showed what a nightmare Donald Trump is for foreign-policy realists, like me. Sure, Trump makes regular statements about allies, autocrats and war that seem consistent with my kind of realism: a more peaceful and less ambitious U.S. foreign policy.

Sanctioning North Korea Only Hurts Ordinary People

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers’ Party congress in thirty-six years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North. The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea poses one of the most vexing challenges to American policy. For more than twenty years, U.S. presidents have insisted that the DPRK cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and yet it apparently is preparing for a fifth nuclear test.

The Questions Clinton Didn't Answer in Attacking Trump

Hillary Clinton delivered a devastating attack against Donald Trump’s foreign policy views. His ideas, she said, “aren’t just different – they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas – just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.”

“He is not just unprepared,” she continued, “he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”