The Skeptics

Donald Trump Girds for a Trade War (and He Just Might Get It)

Markets reacted swiftly on Thursday to news that the Trump administration would impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Companies dependent upon such imports saw their stock prices plummet, driving a wider selloff across nearly all sectors. These companies “are going to see their costs of production go up,” explained the Cato Institute’s Dan Ikenson, “and they’ll also have trouble . . .

Time for America to Declare Victory in Syria and Come Home

Donald Trump ran for president advocating a different kind of foreign policy. But his appointees are taking a Clintonesque approach to Syria: half-hearted military intervention on behalf of minimal security interests, resulting in great risk with little gain. To avoid escalating involvement in someone else’s war, the president should assert control over his foreign policy.

Should America Use Force to Stop Assad from Demolishing Ghouta?

The Damascus suburbs are a smoldering ruin. Scroll through video footage and pictures of Daraya, Arbeen, Harasta, Jobar and Douma, and you will see just how worn out these areas have become. Syrians who once lived in these towns have lost everything, including their lives; if they had the means to smuggle themselves and their families out, then they were fortunate enough to only lose their homes and businesses.

America Needs to Get Back to the Basics in Foreign Policy

An especially pernicious idea regarding U.S. foreign policy was Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s assertion that the United States was the world’s “indispensable nation.” It would have been bad enough if that statement had been a content-less expression of national narcissism. However, that same arrogant assumption has been the guiding principle of Washington’s foreign policy since the end of World War II—and especially since the end of the Cold War.

Time to End America's Foreign Policy Losing Streak

If the intent of President Trump’s “America first” foreign policy is to “put the interests of the American people and American security above all else,” events currently playing out in Syria expose it as a failed policy. While the goal of defending American citizens and interests from the Islamic State has always been entirely valid, the way Washington has pursued that objective has diminished American security, not preserved it.

Israel's Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines

During a trip to the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on February 6—after commiserating with the Israeli military officers defending the frontier and inspecting the equipment—Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a warning through the press to the Iranians, the Assad regime, Hezbollah, the Islamic State and any other actor on the Syrian battlefield that sought to challenge the Jewish state.