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President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 19, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaks in Washington on Feb. 7. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby

There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and former President Barack Obama at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018. (Alex Brandon/Getty Images)

Trump Is America’s First Contradiction-in-Chief

The United States has never had a military leader as bold, naive, and arrogant as the current president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tours the German submarine, U33, on Aug. 31, 2006 in Warnemuende, Germany. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Why Some Countries Are Pathologically Shy

Six reasons some powerful states punch below their weight for lengthy periods.

Donald Trump eats pizza at his office in Trump Tower on April 1, 2005 in New York City. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

A skydiver with the American flag in tow in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sept. 23, 2018. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

America Has a Commitment Problem

Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives at the European Council in Brussels on Oct. 18, 2018. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Irony Is the Secret to Saving Democracy

How has the Czech Republic avoided the nationalist populism tearing apart Poland and Hungary? By not taking itself too seriously.

Enes Kanter heads for the net as Cristiano Felicio of the Chicago Bulls defends at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2018 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Why the New York Knicks Keep Dunking on Erdogan

The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018.

Trump and May Are Discrediting Democracy

Chaos and dysfunction in Washington and London make liberal democratic government look bad—and embolden China and Russia to market authoritarianism as an efficient alternative.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Europe’s Future Is as China’s Enemy

The continent can save NATO—but only if it takes Washington’s side in its growing struggle with Beijing.

Druze men at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights flash the V for victory sign as they look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra on July 7, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

A member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit at the Bwera General Hospital in western Uganda on Dec. 12, 2018. (Isaac Kasmani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal

Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to fellow members of Congress during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.

A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.

Senator Elizabeth Warren attends a news conference to discuss immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Here to Stay

Democrats have the upper hand to take the White House—but whoever wins may have to adopt the current occupant's worldview.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters train in a camp in the Aleppo countryside, northern Syria, on Dec. 16, 2018. (Aref Tammawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS

Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.

Then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens while President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with military leaders in the White House in Washington on Oct. 23, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

James Mattis Wasn’t Ready to Serve in a Democracy

After the tributes die down, the outgoing defense secretary will be remembered for recklessly expanding, and covering up, the country’s wars.

President Donald Trump walks with Secretary of Defence James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on July 11. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Good Riddance to America’s Syria Policy

As usual, Donald Trump has done the right thing in the wrong way.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris on Oct. 24, 2017.  CHARLES PLATIAU (Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.

Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.

Americans watch President George W. Bush address the nation on March 19, 2003 in Marlton, New Jersey.  (Don Murray/Getty Images)

6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Next War

Only Americans can stop their country from participating in strategically misguided, irresponsible, and immoral adventures.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen during a state funeral for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Brandon/Getty Images)

The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama

America’s post-Cold War presidents could have taken a road that didn’t end at Donald Trump.

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