Scowcroft Trusted America
Washington’s honest broker built a National Security Council that placed a lot of power in the hands of a trusted few—despite the chance that those hands might belong to someone like Trump.
It’s Impossible to Count the Things Wrong With the Negligent, Spurious, Distorted New Biography of George W. Bush
Jean Edward Smith’s biography is so replete with factual errors and specious judgments that an extended set of corrections and remonstrances seems warranted.
A Member of the Bush Family Finally Backs Donald Trump
Jeb Bush's son breaks with his family with support of Trump.
You Can Negotiate Anything – Even North Korea
The United States made a good deal with Pyongyang in 1994. But why has Obama forsaken the path of negotiation with the Hermit Kingdom?
A Very Unscientific Inquiry Into the Etymology of the Phrase ‘Iron-Ass’
A theory on where former President George H.W. Bush discovered the phrase "iron-ass."
Dick Cheney Was for the Iran Deal Before He Was Against It
The former veep's bloviating at the American Enterprise Institute today was hypocritical baloney.
Just Say No
Why the United States can’t kick the bad habit of repeating failed campaigns in its war against terror.
Obama and Netanyahu: Why Presidents Don’t Get to Be Petulant
President Obama could afford to learn a thing or two from how the Bush administration handled difficult bilateral relationships.
The Sun Sets on a Good Iran Deal
Debunking Obama's favorite tactic on Iran: the "Bush made me do it" canard.
Stay Scary, America
When it comes to the U.S. response to extremists abroad, it is far better for America to be feared, and to be loved.
Time to face the facts: Does President Bush deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
Everyone laughed when George W. Bush wanted to transform the Middle East. But now that Iraq and Iran are reconciled, maybe he deserves some credit.
Torture protest fatigue? I know Dick Cheney needs help, but I am sick of this
Tom Ricks questions the justification of torture by American officials.
From Bush to Obama, Eyes Wide Shut
The same memo Bush used to wall himself off from the details of CIA torture is keeping Obama’s drone war alive.
Stuck in the Shadows at the Pentagon
Chuck Hagel was always being upstaged by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The next secretary of defense will have to change that equation.
The Pendulum and the President
An exclusive excerpt from “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”
Pack It Up, Pack It In
Thirteen years after Wisconsin’s 829th Engineer Co. deployed to build Afghanistan’s war infrastructure, they’re back to tear it apart and take it home.
Get Ready for Iraq War IV
One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.