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Will The Trump Administration Attack Iran?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-31-2018 | Article

In a move that set off alarm bells among those concerned about the potential consequences of the harsh turn in U.S.-Iranian relations, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported last week that unnamed “senior officials” of the Australian government were suggesting that the Trump administration was crafting a plan to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities as early as August... Read More »

Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-18-2018 | Article

The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred the largest cholera outbreak in current memory. It’s hard to imagine the situation getting much worse, but it could, and soon... Read More »

NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Jul-17-2018 | Article

The alliance’s security issues can’t be fixed by a traditional military buildup... Read More »

Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses

by Laura Carlsen

The Hill, Jul-15-2018 | Article

This was the last week for public comments on the Trump administration’s plan to reduce restrictions on the export of firearms from the United States. There was much to criticize. A number of arms control, human rights, and firearms safety groups have submitted detailed critiques of the proposed firearms export rule... Read More »

The Shrinking Ambitions of Donald Trump’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-02-2018 | Article

ther than shouting about building a wall on the US-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process). Eighteen months into his administration, no credible proposal for anything near that scale has been made... Read More »

Pump Up The Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-02-2018 | Article

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process).... Read More »

Trump's Assault on the World Order

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Jun-23-2018 | Letter

Ms. Schake is correct in asserting that President Trump’s assault on the current liberal order could make the world a more dangerous place. But she presents an idealized version of American leadership that doesn’t square with historical reality... Read More »

FOR PROGRESS WITH NORTH KOREA, DUMP JOHN BOLTON

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May-29-2018 | Article

He may not know how or on what timeline, but I believe that Donald Trump truly does want to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Why he wants to do it — whether to get a Nobel Prize or to be able to brag that he’s a better deal maker than Barack Obama — doesn’t matter... Read More »

Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

by William D. Hartung

CNN, May-24-2018 | Article

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran... Read More »

Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-24-2018 | Article

The Trump administration just released a new rule that will make it easier for terrorists, tyrants, and criminal gangs to receive U.S.-supplied guns and ammunition... Read More »

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