The Skeptics

America's Pretense of Negotiating with North Korea

American GIs fighting in the Korean War had a word for it—FUBAR. That expression applies just as well to current U.S. policy toward North Korea.

The shortcomings of this policy were on full display in a recent speech by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel in Washington.

Russel characterized policy toward Pyongyang as consisting of four parts: “diplomacy, pressure, defense and deterrence.”

Give Abbas Another Chance

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, is old and tired. The eighty-one-year-old from the village of Safed has been ensconced in the dysfunction and heartbreak of Palestinian politics for most of his professional life, where he played second fiddle to Yasser Arafat for years before climbing his way to the top of the PA hierarchy.

Can America End Its War in the Greater Middle East?

ISIS continues to hold vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. A civil war rages in Yemen. Turks fight Kurds. A new UN-sponsored unity government struggles to assert its authority in Libya. A military dictatorship controls Egypt. Refugees fleeing chaos in Syria are flooding into Europe, and beyond. The Taliban is still in Afghanistan, and also terrorizing Pakistan. Violence between Israelis and Palestinians persists.

Does ISIS Even Have a European Strategy?

With the bombers dead and investigations just a week old, the motives behind last week’s bombings in Brussels’ airport and metro will remain murky for some time. Of course, reporters and terrorism analysts have offered lots of speculation, much of it focused on how the attacks serve the agenda of ISIS’s leaders. That approach, I believe, overstates ISIS’s coherence and wisdom.

Do Military Leaders Deserve Our Trust?

The preamble to America’s most treasured document, the Declaration of Independence, declares that US citizens have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, our Founders designed a government that derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed.” Much of Capitol Hill has long disregarded the views and opinions of the governed when formulating policy and legislation.