America is the dispensable nation

Mostly because I cannot remember a time when Donald Trump’s presidency was not regarded as a danger to “national security” by the media and foreign policy establishment in this country, I am surprised that curiously little attention has been paid to reports about his telephone conversations with world leaders, including the German chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he is said to have called “stupid.” Merkel is our greatest living statesman. She does not appear to have taken any offense. Instead she recognized Trump’s words for what they were: confirmation of her belief that America is entering a period of well-nigh terminal decline, one that will necessitate, among other things, taking a… Read More

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The only sane response to Russian bounties on American troops

Russia has allegedly paid secret bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, and the Trump administration has known about this since January, according to explosive reporting from The New York Times. The Washington Post reports further that U.S. intelligence officials believe that at least a few soldiers were actually killed as a result. If true, this is a serious diplomatic incident. Naturally, many American commentators and elites responded with aggression. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump for failing to “confront Putin.” Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said “very severe measures” against Russia were called for. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted that Congress must “get… Read More

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