The Skeptics

Trump's Republican Cheerleaders Want More Action in Syria

With last Thursday’s missile attack on a Syrian regime airfield, President Donald Trump not only sent Bashar al-Assad a message about his intentions—he also opened the floodgates for “the blob” in Washington to reassert itself. The reflexive interventionism that has dominated the foreign-policy establishment in Washington for decades, led today by senators from both political parties, are downright giddy: eleven weeks into his presidency and they wonder if perhaps Donald Trump is finally becoming one of them.

The Trump Team Is Still Searching for a Two-State Solution

Washington, DC is dealing with a lot of problems these days. Drama over the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian operatives is pretty much all that people seem to care about these days. Talks over keeping the government open after April 28 are proceeding apace. And the aftermath of the Obamacare repeal is still hovering above the capital city like a dark storm cloud. Outside of the first U.S.

How Just One Bomb Could Take America and Russia to the Brink of World War III

So how easy would it be to start World War III with Russia over Syria? Over at the Week, I have a new piece out today the explores just that. Partially based on various war games I have been a part of over the years, past interviews I have conducted with senior officials in the Pentagon and a touch of imagination, it took me all of ninety minutes to think of how millions of lives could potentially be lost if a U.S. bomb lands in the wrong place.

Trump's Syria Folly Is Bad for Everyone

Less than three months into his presidency, Donald Trump has proved his criticism of America’s political class: that there really is little difference no matter who is elected. President Trump appears to have morphed into Hillary Clinton, or one of the many GOP neocons he battled during the primaries.