Al Qaeda Won
Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.
Trump’s Jerusalem Theatrics Have Dealt A Blow to Peace
The president's reckless move reversed decades of sensible bipartisan policy. Holding out the possibility of a Palestinian capital in the holy city can keep hope for a negotiated settlement alive.
Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration
The problem with John Bolton isn’t that he’s an extremist. It's that he’s mainstream.
The Middle East’s Age of Innocence Is Over
The traditional object of the West’s romantic foreign-policy visions is now the graveyard of its idealism.
Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump
From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.
Could ISIS Have Been Averted?
Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did.
Goodbye and Hello: A Shadow Government Peaceful Transfer of Power
A look back on the past eight years, a transition to a new Shadow Government, and where the Elephants in the Room go from here.
The Broken Policy Promises of W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama
And why, from the Persian Gulf to Iraq to Syria, Americans haven’t gotten — and won’t be getting — the foreign policy they want.
Every Move You Make
Over eight years, President Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?
The George W. Bush Administration Still Lives in a World of Make-Believe
A recent review of my biography of President Bush reaffirms the arguments it seeks to dispute.
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.
Trump’s Counterattacks on GOP’s ‘Failed Washington Elite’ Miss the Mark
The GOP nominee is brushing aside criticism from dozens of senior Republican foreign policy experts by linking them to miscues that took place after they'd left office.
A Member of the Bush Family Finally Backs Donald Trump
Jeb Bush's son breaks with his family with support of Trump.
It’s Time for Obama to Send Home This Mass-Murdering Cuban Terrorist-in-Exile to Face His Punishment
He’s been sunning himself in Miami for far too long.
How ‘The Rock’ May Have Helped Drag Britain Into the Iraq War
Bad action movies can be good sources for fraudulent spies.
What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?
From Iraq and WMDs to Israel and Palestine to Syria and Russia, how the United States could’ve avoided some of its biggest mistakes.
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."
What the Next President Should Learn From This One: Process Matters
Good policy won't fix anything if the system is broken.