They Hate Us Because We Don't Know Why They Hate Us
In light of the killing of four Americans by Somali pirates earlier this month, it is useful to explore the ways in which Washington has repeatedly tried and failed to bring order to the destitute African state that is Somalia.
To Partition or Not to Partition?
The recent referendum in southern Sudan endorsing the secession of that region will produce a newly independent country.
Spinning Us to Death
This week, Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings reported that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered a team of U.S.
Rumsfeld vs. Rice, Re: Meetings
Resist Temptation to Intervene in Libya
It’s emotionally wrenching to see images of peaceful protesters being gunned down in the streets by Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces. The understandable outrage that such sights generate is already leading to calls for international, especially Western, military intervention.
Free the South Koreans!
Washington’s security guarantees are obviously expensive for Americans. Military commitments also come at a sometimes-high price for U.S. allies. One of the most important costs is restricting their defense options. For instance, the bilateral missile agreement between Washington and South Korea limits Seoul’s missile development. The U.S. should set the Republic of Korea free.
Avoid U.S. Meddling in Possible Iranian Upheaval
A British diplomat, annoyed at President Theodore Roosevelt’s egotism, observed that TR was so determined always to be the center of attention that “when he attended a wedding he wanted to be the bride, and when he attended a funeral he wanted to be the deceased.” All too often, the United States acts in much the same way in its conduct of foreign policy.
Ein Haus der Lüge
The Guardian features an interview with “Curveball,” the German intelligence asset who provided the bogus intelligence about biological weapons that Secretary of State Colin Powell used in his February 2003 address at the U
Who's an Isolationist?
Conservatism once was cautious, urged prudence, and emphasized fidelity to the Constitution. Conservatives saw responsibility as the flip-side of liberty, opposed the transfer society, and detested welfare dependence. On international affairs conservatives believed in defending America, not promoting social engineering overseas.