The Skeptics

Why America Can't Do What It Wants to Stop Assad

On Monday, an official at the State Department gave a public briefing in which disturbing new allegations of barbaric crimes against the Syrian regime were revealed. As public officials and public citizens react with appropriate outrage, it is possible that calls for new U.S. military action against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad will again surface. The administration must resist these calls for direct military action. As hard to believe as it is, the situation could get worse if we do—much worse.

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance Is Now Asia's Oddest Couple

The Trump administration has placed North Korea at the top of its priority list. Despite threatening war on the Korean Peninsula, however, the president so far has paid little attention to Seoul’s perspective. President Donald Trump consulted with both Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, but made no similar call to South Korean leaders.

How U.S. Meddling in the Bosnia Conflict Changed the Face of NATO

Miscalculations and outright blunders abound in U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Some mistakes are obvious in retrospect and should have been at the time, most notably Washington’s elective war in Iraq and its devastating impact on Middle East stability. Only the Dick Cheneys of the world still contend that the Bush administration’s regime-change crusade was anything other than a calamity.

If Trump Meets Kim, He Should Do It the Right Way

President Trump has said a lot of questionable, unconventional—some would say borderline crazy—things over the first three months of his presidency. He’s hit America’s European allies hard on their sluggish defense spending (it’s about time), going to so far as to hint that the United States may no longer be there when the going gets tough. He’s blasted Saudi Arabia as a weakling that would have been taken over by radical jihadists were it not for the protection that the United States provides the royal family.

What Trump Could Learn from Eisenhower

Former president Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower was the supreme commander of Allied forces during World War II and he intimately knew the brutal, devastating nature of all-out war. Ike was a believer in maintaining overpowering military strength—including a stated willingness to use nuclear weapons—but more importantly, he was a strong advocate for peace and diplomacy. Before it is too late, let us hope President Trump can learn from the policies of Eisenhower.