The benefits of the withdrawal in terms of promoting competitiveness with China aren’t as compelling as they seem.
The world has experienced a six-month geopolitical vacuum, and China has filled it poorly.
This moment presents a once-in-a-century opportunity for American leaders to wrest a better future.
Not so long ago, a devastating attack on Saudi oil supplies would almost certainly have elicited an American military response.
Reductions in the U.S. presence should be tied to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan.
The trade war is just the beginning.
Trump’s best option is to reduce the scope of the country’s nuclear ambitions—even if he can’t eliminate them.
The competition of democracy versus dictatorship is to a degree a contest of narratives.
Trump has a tendency to agree spontaneously to requests pitched by foreign leaders.
George H. W. Bush’s restraint was remarkable, and worth imitating.
The U.S. defends Europe out of self-interest.
Now that they have the House, Democrats may well force a shift in Washington’s approach to the world.
Recent Saudi actions have set back U.S. objectives in the Middle East.
Commitment to principle, despite its costs, is what America has lost with John McCain’s passing.
The transatlantic alliance has seen worse.
Once you are convinced that it is August 1914 or October 1962 or September 1939, inevitable conclusions follow. But they may be the wrong ones.