The USA at 246

The Nation is unusually divided and melancholy on its birthday.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

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Why aren’t we Unified?

A reminder.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Why Was Capitol Security Inadequate?

A large, well-trained police force was unprepared for a foreseeable crisis.

Russia-Taliban Intel included in PDB

The President should have known about the plot. There’s a good chance he didn’t.

Bolton: Trump Asked China to Help Re-Election

Some explosive charges in the former National Security Advisor’s book.

It’s Not the Military’s Job to Oppose Trump

My latest for The National Interest.

Trump Administration Allowing Saudis To Evade Responsibility For Khashoggi’s Death

As the Saudis continue to dissemble and put forward an utterly implausible explanation for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump Administration shows no sign of having a spine.

Will Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Undermine The Saudi Crown Prince? Probably Not.

The investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is inching closer to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, but it seems unlikely to impact his hold on power.

Mueller Investigating Gulf State Influence, Too

Americans actings as agents for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been working hard to manipulate the President.

What To Do About North Korea?

North Korea continues to advance its nuclear program but it’s unclear what anyone can do about it.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Before We Go To War Against ISIS, We Need To Answer Some Questions

If the President is going to increase American involvement in the Middle East, he needs to address some fundamental questions first.

Is “Finlandization” an Option?

Is “Finlandization” a viable option for Ukraine?

When Is A Leak Not Really A Leak? When It’s Beneficial To Those In Power, Apparently

Outrage over leaks like those that Edward Snowden makes doesn’t exist when its politicians doing the leaking.

Just Rattle the Saber More Loudly

Will louder threats move the Iranian regime to back down?

The Drumbeat to War With Iran: Take a Stand

We need to have opinions on a subject as serious as war with Iran.

Ezra Klein to WaPo

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