New Parlor Game: Does Trump Engage in Strategic Thinking or Impulsivity?

When Donald Trump tweets vaguely that the US must expand its nuclear arsenal, he seems to be calling for a new nuclear arms race. He shows "a woeful grasp of how the world, and wars, work today," writes Simon Jenkins in The (UK) Guardian, nervously questioning¬†what Trump means. I might add: When Trump pops off … Continue reading New Parlor Game: Does Trump Engage in Strategic Thinking or Impulsivity?

Since WWII, Some Conservatives Have Opposed All Negotiation, All Deals

Conservatives Called Reagan 'Neville Chamberlain' For Arms Deal with Gorbachev...and seem to always prefer confrontation and war, equate negotiation with weakness. I don't yet buy into the neo-con hunger for perpetual war, a new Cold War, war with Iran, and returning US troops on the ground in Iraq, to profit America's military contractors. Russia could … Continue reading Since WWII, Some Conservatives Have Opposed All Negotiation, All Deals

How Can US Stop ISIS Without Helping Assad and Iran?

Reacting to an appalling story about ISIS enslaving young women, Carter Wrenn asks why Obama won't send in US troops to destroy ISIS, suggesting that he's weak not to do so. My response: Good column, Mr. Wrenn. Quite disturbing stories. ¬† But your solution seems overly simplistic. Certainly, the US could put thousands of troops … Continue reading How Can US Stop ISIS Without Helping Assad and Iran?

How My Perspective Has Changed Since 9/11/2001

In an old Yahoo email archive, I stumbled upon and unearthed an email exchange between my friend Bruce Johnson and myself from the days following the 9-11 attacks in 2001. How hysterical, thoughtful or wise were we in those early days? Not surprisingly, we believed then that the 9/11 attacks were a bigger historical event … Continue reading How My Perspective Has Changed Since 9/11/2001

Diplomacy Vs. ‘Appeasement’

A central theme of the campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain is the differing approach toward America's adversaries. It will be interesting to see if the conservative meme that Obama is naive on foreign policy, soft on terrorism and national defense, and too eager to meet with America's enemies will stick. Speaking before the … Continue reading Diplomacy Vs. ‘Appeasement’