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Trump Is Doing the Same Thing on Iran That George W. Bush Did on Iraq President insists regional Middle East power is developing weapons of mass destruction, denies intelligence to the contrary.
Trump’s Efforts in Venezuela Could Wind Up Doing More Harm Than Good So far the administration’s moves have been uncharacteristically deft, but pushing too hard — or attempting a military invasion — would be disastrous.
With Mattis Gone, Trump Is Already Sowing More Global Chaos In just a few weeks, we’ve seen a serious uptick in odd U.S. foreign policy moves and anonymous leaking, and that isn’t good for anyone except Putin.
Trump Is Facing a Real Crisis — But It’s in Syria, Not at Our Border Bolton and Pompeo were supposed to clear up confusion over troop withdrawal from Syria. Instead, the U.S. appears to have two contradictory policies.
Heather Nauert Won’t Be in Trump’s Cabinet Because She Has No Clout The new U.N. ambassador won’t be in the Cabinet because she doesn’t have the résumé. The practice predates Trump.
Putin Violated an Arms Treaty. Trump Ditching It Makes the Nuclear Threat Worse. Trump thinks if Russia does it, the U.S. should ignore the INF Treaty, too. But helping erode a treaty that curbed the arms race isn’t the answer.
Bolton Warns Iran There ‘Will Be Hell to Pay’ In a bellicose speech in New York on the same day as Trump’s unilateralist address to the U.N., Bolton expressed his hatred of diplomacy.
Report: Mattis Not Enough of a Suck-Up for Trump, May Be on the Way Out Trump would prefer a defense secretary who disdains international agreements and laughs at his jokes a little harder.
The Trump Administration Declares War on International War Crimes Court In a fiery speech before the conservative Federalist Society, Trump’s national security adviser takes “America First” to new lengths.
U.S. Officials Worked Behind Trump’s Back to Keep Him From Blowing Up NATO John Bolton reportedly demanded that the latest NATO agreement be hammered out before July’s summit, so Trump wouldn’t have a chance to derail it.
Trump Staffer Forced Out After Daring to Stand Up for Refugees In a xenophobic administration allergic to inconvenient facts, this may be the ultimate sin.
Trump: Russia Must Be Proud of Meddling “If Russia is, in fact, looking to sow discord or chaos, they’ve got to be saying, ‘This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done.’ ”
Trump Could Accidentally Help Save Angela Merkel’s Job Trump’s attacks on Merkel might backfire. Maybe he should embrace those foreign leaders he would destroy.
Trump Has Settled On a Core Demand for the North Korea Summit The president wants Kim to commit to a timetable for denuclearization. If Kim agrees, he might get an invitation to Mar-a-Lago.
Trump Sidelines Bolton to Keep Peace With North Korea Trump did not invite Bolton to his recent meeting with a North Korean envoy, after being advised that including him would be “counterproductive.”
Bolton Installs Anti-Muslim Wingnut As NSC Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz is the senior vice-president of a think tank that claims the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest ranks of the U.S government.
What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality-TV Show Trump has had his share of political successes from his reckless, narrative-focused approach. But the real-world dangers are building.
Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. Bullying The administration thinks military might, and threatening to use it, are key. Iran and North Korea developments show the plan is off to a shaky start.
U.S. Scraps Military Exercise in Order to Appease North Korea For decades, Pyongyang has been asking for a meeting with the U.S. president. Now, Kim is winning concessions by threatening to stand up to Trump.
Pompeo Says North Korea Will Get Americans Instead of Aid The Trump administration apparently thinks the communist nation will accept capitalism in exchange for its nukes.
John Bolton Says U.S. Is Considering ‘Libya Model’ for North Korea “Libya’s giving up its nuclear arms was used as an invasion tactic to disarm the country,” a North Korean official said in 2011.
Death of H.R. McMaster’s Father Investigated As ‘Suspicious’ Philadelphia authorities are looking into allegations that a retirement home didn’t provide the elder McMaster with proper care following a fall.
John Bolton Forces Homeland Security Adviser to Resign Tom Bossert was seen as a bastion of competence in the West Wing. John Bolton (reportedly) got him fired.
NSC Spokesperson Exits As John Bolton Arrives in White House Michael Anton, author of the famous “Flight 93 Election” essay, won’t be teaming up with his old George W. Bush administration colleague.
John Bolton and the Anti-Muslim Bigotry of Mainstream Conservatism Bolton’s appointment is a reminder that American conservatives — from Donald Trump to Bret Stephens — find Islamophobia perfectly acceptable.
Does Bolton Represent an Unhinged ‘Cheney/Trump Wing’ of the GOP? Maybe Bolton — like Cheney and Trump — doesn’t represent any school of foreign-policy “thinking,” but instead pure bellicose action.
Team Bolton: John Never Promised Trump He ‘Wouldn’t Start Any Wars’ In fact, a new report suggests the national security adviser promised the very opposite.
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Trump Hired Bolton to Make Foreign Policy Exciting Again A president tires of lectures and craves the simple moralistic drama of Fox News.
John Bolton, Lover of Drama and Wars, Is a Terrible Fit for His New Job The national security adviser facilitates sound White House decision-making. Trump hired a super-hawk known for scheming and outbursts.
Nobody Is Left to Save the World From Trump Now John Bolton is the most terrifying new face of an unshackled Trump presidency.
McMaster to Resign, John Bolton Is New National Security Adviser After months of rumors about his impending exit, the White House said McMaster will be replaced by the ultrahawkish former ambassador to the U.N.
Tillerson’s Firing Brings America Closer to War With North Korea The secretary’s departure suggests Trump will kill the Iran deal in May – and sabotage the prospects of diplomacy with North Korea in the process.
Trump Wants to Make an Iraq War Architect One of His Top Diplomats But Establishment Republicans think the party needs to move on from the Bush years. (Which makes sense, considering the fact that nothing matters.)
John Bolton Threatens to Run for President If You Don’t Start Paying Attention to Him Somebody needs to be talking about how we need to bomb Iran, and then lose, really badly.
Why Neoconservative Pundits Love Jon Stewart John Bolton, William Kristol, and others explain why ‘The Daily Show’ is the best place to get their views heard.
John Bolton Goes on the ‘Daily Show,’ Sort Of Convinces Us
Did you catch John Bolton — you know, the U.N.-hating former U.N. ambassador so unpopular Bush could never get him approved by the Senate — on the Daily Show last night? Here’s something we never thought we’d say: He was pretty good. First, we’d give him big points for even showing up. Second, he gets even bigger points for sounding calm and reasonable up against a host and audience who clearly can’t stand him. But he gets biggest points of all for reducing Jon — granted, never the most astute political theorist — to a series of talking-point non sequiturs while making some entirely sensible points of his own. Shouldn’t an anti- Whoa. Our minds were blown. The mustache still looked silly, though.
U.N. president put in an anti- U.N. U.N. ambassador? Is that the whole point of the democratic system, that the voters picked Bush, so give them what Bush believes in?