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.
The Rise of Rumsfeld, By Don Rumsfeld
I wish Donald Rumsfeld had written about politics more and been in politics less.
Is the Mexican Government Going Easy on the Sinaloa Drug Cartel?
One curious feature has emerged in the Mexican government’s four-year-old offensive against the country’s murderous drug cartels. Some trafficking organizations seem to be in the crosshairs of the authorities more than others. One gang in particular appears to have suffered far less damage than any of its competitors.
Explaining America and Pakistan’s Troubling Mutual Dependence (and Hostility)
As Americans begin to question the efficacy of interfering politically (via aid) in Egypt, recent unrest in Pakistan highlights other troublesome dynamics that emerge with the dispersal of U.S. foreign aid.
Mubarak and Egypt: Latest Chapter of a Flawed U.S. Policy
Demonstrators packed Tahrir Sqaure in Cairo again Tuesday, with several thousand marching on the Egyptian Parliament. The common narrative in the media is that the rapidly evolving situation has left the Obama administration struggling to put forth a coherent and consistent message.