Syria hawks' preferred strategy is an incoherent mess—and one which ignores much of the truth.
While many Westerners have bold ambitions for the Kurds, their pseudo-state in northern Iraq is far from a perfect ally.
World affairs are not akin to a fairy tale with easy moral lessons and preordained happy endings. But not all nasty allies are worth the blowback or the stain on our national character.
“[C]ontinuing to backstop such inept clients with U.S. troops merely wastes American lives”
A confrontational approach would accomplish nothing and could do lasting damage to the bilateral relationship.
Know this: It is not unprecedented for a government that feels besieged to attempt to distract a discontented public by fomenting a foreign-policy crisis. Washington should tread carefully.
Tokyo is trying to play a much more assertive regional strategic role without developing the necessary military wherewithal to back it up in the event of a crisis.
"Unfortunately, there are few signs that U.S. officials have learned that their preference for authoritarians is both sleazy and counterproductive."
"To sustain adequate public support for security partnerships, especially if the policy entails military sacrifices, the objective must be widely perceived as both worthy and attainable."
(And it's not marijuana, cocaine and heroin.)
Provocative moves by great powers are pushing the world one step closer to the ultimate disaster.
"Now is the time for flexible, creative diplomacy focused on protecting America’s core maritime interests, not the territorial ambitions of favored East Asian countries."
"Washington may end up with a more assertive ally that antagonizes China, South Korea, and perhaps other neighboring states but continues to depend on the United States to achieve its enhanced ambitions."
The president deserves criticism for his handling of some foreign-policy issues. Cuba is not one of them.
"The main fallacy in the professed hawkish case for limited war is that America would be in complete control of the escalation process. Iran could greatly escalate the military confrontation."
Hawks once said Mao was suicidal. They're wrong about Iran, too.
Just because a country is repugnant doesn't make it America's problem.
While the South China Sea and Senkaku Island disputes are all the rage these days, South Korea and Japan's conflict could be equally consequential.
Washington should make clear that it can tolerate an Iran that is one screwdriver’s turn away from a nuclear-weapons capability.
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