Barack Obama’s War against the Islamic State

President Proposes War against the Islamic State: What Has U.S. Been Doing For Last 6 Months? The Islamic State is evil. The killing of American hostage Kayla Mueller highlighted the obvious. But that’s no reason for America to go to war again in the Middle East. Or for Congress to approve years more of conflict. The president requested formal legal authority to war against ISIS—more than six months after dropping the first bomb on the self-proclaimed caliphate. USA Todayheadlined Read more […]

President Obama Right to Call for Trade with Cuba

President Obama Right to Call for Trade with Cuba: Half Century of Failed Embargo Is Enough. President Barack Obama used negotiations over bringing home a couple of imprisoned Americans as an opportunity to refashion the entire U.S.-Cuba relationship. He’s aiming to reopen the embassy, relax trade and travel restrictions, and improve communication systems. Of course, sustained caterwauling began immediately from the usual suspects, hardline Cuban-Americans, Republican neocons and uber-hawks, Read more […]

The Battle for Ukraine

For Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia must find an exit if not stage a reset. The Kremlin is forbidding in even the best of weather. On the dark, dreary days when I recently visited Moscow the seat of Russia’s presidency was even less welcoming. Russia is not the Soviet Union, but so far hopes for the former to develop into a genuinely liberal society have been stillborn. However, the fact that President Vladimir Putin is an unpleasant autocrat doesn’t change the necessity of Washington and Read more […]

Washington Needs to Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars

Washington Should Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars On Rich Allies And Failed States. America accounts for nearly 40 percent of globe’s military outlays, but Republican Party hawks believe that the federal government never spends enough on the Pentagon. The war lobby’s mantra always is more, much more. Yet the U.S. already devotes far more than it should to “defense,” which today largely means protecting wealthy allies who prefer to spend their money on domestic goals. Washington should Read more […]

Democracy in Hong Kong? Only Over Beijing’s Dead Body

Democracy in Hong Kong? Only Over Beijing’s Dead Body — But Hopefully Not Over The Demonstrators’ Bodies. Hong Kong is part of China, but enjoys a charmed existence.  Administered separately from the rest of the People’s Republic of China, the territory respects civil liberties while hosting the world’s freest economy.  But democratic Hong Kong is not. Demonstrators are pressing Beijing to make good on its promise to Great Britain to provide what London never did while the territory Read more […]

Barack Obama’s Needless War Puts Americans at Risk

Obama’s Needless War Against The Islamic State Puts Americans At Risk: Washington Should Let ISIL’s Neighbors Defeat The Caliphate-Wannabe President Barack Obama is channeling George W. Bush.  The former has assembled a grand coalition to fight a new Middle Eastern war.  Only President Obama acted without legal authority and stuck the U.S. with most of the work.  Why is Washington involved at all? The Islamic State is evil, but the organization’s raison d’etre is establishing a Middle Read more […]