Ash Carter, 1954-2022

A brilliant national security leader is gone too soon.

Putin’s Nuclear Gambit

The threat is not idle and the options for responding are not good.

Iran Protests Intensity Highest Since 1979

The ayatollahs face the biggest challenge to their authority in the history of the regime.

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931-2022

The last Soviet leader is gone at 91.

China’s Worrisome Behavior

The competition is slowly ratcheting up.

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Doves Split Over Ukraine

Foreign policy makes strange bedfellows.

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Dividing the Christian World

The Pope is indeed Catholic. The rest is up for debate.

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The War After Bucha

World opinion has shifted even more against Russia. Will it matter?

More on the Bioweapons Claim

The BBC checks the facts.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

Is Putin Predictably Irrational?

Putin is a monster, but he may also be just as irrational as the rest of us.

Biden ‘Leading from Behind’ on Ukraine

The American President is once again leading the free world.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Deterring The Deterrers

Deterring Russia is a matter of principle.

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

Ilya Shapiro’s Inartful Tweet

Outrage over the outrage is outrageous.

Game of Chicken Kiev

The United States and its NATO allies are in a dangerous standoff.

Putin, Ukraine, and History

Russia’s leader sees the situation in the former Soviet Republic quite differently than the West.

Biden and Putin to Talk Ukraine

Russia may invade Ukraine again. The United States would prefer otherwise.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

US-France Submarine Contretemps

American cheese will henceforth be known as liberté cheese. And not because of the metric system.

OTB 2003 Revisited

A blast from the past.

Our Victory in Iraq

The wonders of hindsight.

It’s Only Champagne if it’s Made in Russia

If it’s made in France, it’s “sparkling wine.”

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Biden Blamed for Afghan Fiasco

The collapse is not his doing. But he’s accountable for the poor planning.

China’s Olympic Machine

A massive investment falls just short. This time.

Ransomware Attack Causes Fuel Shortage

The Southeast has been hit especially hard.

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

American Gerontocracy II

The Most Important Election in American History

The stakes of losing will be catastrophic. Either way.

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Brent Scowcroft, 1925-2020

The National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and GHW Bush has died.

Russia-Taliban Intel included in PDB

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

The Cold War Was A Sobering Influence For A Silly People

As scary as the Cold War was, it did reduce the silliness in American politics.

Trump Wants to Divest Federal Retirement Fund of China Stocks

Should public employee pensions be an asset in the administration’s foreign policy?

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What if Kim Jong Un is Dead?

Some informed speculation.

Coronavirus Could Kill Trump Presidency

We may be seeing the beginning of the end.

Bernie Sanders’ Soviet Sister City

There’s nothing to see here, folks.

Dictatorships and the Democrats

Bloomberg waffles on China while Sanders has a soft spot for Castro.

Our Constitutional Crisis

To defang impeachment is an invitation for presidents to ignore the rule of law.

It’s Putin’s World, We’re Just Living In It

Notwithstanding Russia’s weak position vis a vis the west, It’s Putin who seems to be winning.

Anti-Doping Agency Bars Russia From International Sports

Russia has been barred from the 2020 and 2022 Olympics as well as other international sporting events due to widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Poll Finds Republicans Think Trump Is A Better President Than Lincoln

Further evidence that the Republican Party has turned into a cult of personalty built around Donald Trump.

Republicans Attack An American War Veteran, Have They No Decency?

Republicans used to honor the men and women who serve our country. In the Trump Era, they attack them in defense of the President.

Long Day Of Impeachment Hearings Brings More Evidence Against Trump

After a long day of hearings, the case against the President is becoming clearer and Republican defenses becoming more absurd.

Macron Calls NATO ‘Brain Dead’ Due To Lack Of U.S. Leadership

French President Emmanuel Macron declared that the NATO alliance is suffering brain death due to President Trump’s neglect and lack of leadership.