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Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, July 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, July 2018 | Article

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

Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, July 2018 | Article

Every elected and appointed U.S. official, other than the president, must take the following oath:... Read More »

Stabilization Of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, July 2018 | Article

“Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the Special Inspector General who’s been investigating U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan for the past six years (SIGAR)... Read More »

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

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, July 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, July 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, June 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 »

Who is this woman standing next to Trump?

by Diana Ohlbaum

Washington Post, June 2018 | Letter

The June 2 front-page article “Summit with Kim will go forward, Trump announces,” about reinstatement of the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was accompanied by a photograph of Trump and two others... Read More »

Narcissus On The World Stage

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, June 2018 | Article

Narcissus? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t want to talk about Trump any more. Frankly, I don’t even want to hear about Trump any more. My outrage meter is broken... Read More »

FOR PROGRESS WITH NORTH KOREA, DUMP JOHN BOLTON

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May 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 »

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