The Skeptics

3 Wars Trump Should End Right Now

When President Donald Trump signed the massive omnibus spending bill last month, he did so fleetingly and reluctantly. He called it a “ridiculous” piece of legislation that made a mockery of Congress as an institution, and he sternly made a promise: "I will never sign another bill like this again.”

The Real Problem with Gina Haspel's CIA Nomination

An especially insidious snare for a liberal democracy in the conduct of its foreign policy is the temptation to adopt the strategies and tactics of one’s adversaries. President Donald Trump’s appointment of Gina Haspel as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency highlights that problem. A longtime CIA veteran, Haspel ran one of the Agency’s infamous “black sites” (in Thailand) during George W.

Why Trump Can't Trick Kim Jong Un into a Peace Deal

The prospect of a summit between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has discomfited analysts, pundits and lawmakers across the political spectrum. Hawkish neoconservatives and liberal internationalists alike bewail the possibility that negotiating the end of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs might require compromise.