The Skeptics

Trump's Message to NATO Was the Right One to Deliver

President Donald Trump's very first conference with NATO heads of state, coming after so many months of NATO bashing during last year's campaign, can't be described as anything but awkward and uncomfortable. These kinds of meetings are designed to be rehearsed, with every single speech by a leader heavily scripted and prepared weeks in advance and every handshake and hug between presidents and prime ministers perfectly choreographed. Of course, Trump is immune to choreography—the guy is a bull in a china shop, running around like a tornado, breaking the china.

How America Could End Up in an Unexpected War with China

Three decades ago the People’s Republic of China was an economic backwater. Today the PRC sports the world’s second-largest economy. Shanghai most dramatically illustrates the country’s transformation. The city is filled with stylish office buildings, five-star hotels, luxury stores and foreign visitors.

Reflecting their success, the Chinese are increasingly confident as well. If not yet a great power, the PRC seems destined to eventually share global leadership with the United States. And its people know that.

Which means future U.S.-China relations could be rocky.

Everything We Don't Know about the Terror Attack in Manchester

There are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered about last night’s horrific suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester last night. Was this yet another case of a single individual who watched too many ISIS videos and eventually became self-radicalized? Or did the bomber have logistical and bomb-making support in the Manchester area? How was the bomber able to get so close to the arena without arising suspicion?

The Dealmaker-in-Chief Goes to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump and his top national-security aides could use a nice vacation overseas for a couple of days. The last week in the Washington scrum has been downright brutal for the administration, and the president hasn’t made things any easier on himself or his press shop with the sudden firing of the FBI director. You know you need to get out of town for a breather when some lawmakers are already talking about impeachment.

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.

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