Why Trump is Both Terrible At and Uninterested In Diplomacy

We knew during the campaign that Donald Trump knows less than nothing about foreign policy and diplomacy, but it has become clear in only the first few weeks of his presidency that he's both terrible at it and completely disinterested in it. James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders at Foreign Affairs explain why: … [Read more...]

Tillerson Says We’ll Build ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria for Refugees

Repeating a massively simplistic idea from Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. plans to create "interim safe zones" inside of Syria so refugees can return home. How will we do that? Through ceasefires, he laughably says. … [Read more...]

Trump Has No Idea What He’s Talking About on NATO

One of the themes that Donald Trump has hit on again and again is this notion that other NATO countries don't pay their fair share of the burden and that they owe money to the United States. He has even said quite bluntly that if they don't pay up, we won't protect them. He has no idea what he's talking about. As usual. … [Read more...]

When Sessions Wanted Russia Punished Harshly

One of the most bizarre things about Donald Trump is how he has gotten otherwise anti-Russian politicians to get on board with his Putin lovefest. Attorney General Jeff Session is a textbook example. After the invasion of Crimea, he was loudly calling for Russia to be punished very strongly. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Massive Cuts to State Department, EPA

In addition to wanting a 10% increase in military spending and a big drop in foreign aid, Donald Trump also wants to cut funding for the State Department by an astonishing 37% and a 20% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. Anyone surprised? … [Read more...]

Trump’s Lame Excuse for Yemen Raid

I'm not one of those people who thinks the president should be blamed for every military action that doesn't work out. On the ground and on the fly, bad things happen sometimes. But Trump is offering up a lame, even twisted, excuse for the disastrous Yemen raid that killed a Navy SEAL and many civilians. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Childish Obsession with ‘Winning’

Donald Trump continues his childish obsession with winning, part of his simpleminded conception of the world as a zero sum game in which everything must have a winner or a loser. And this time it's about winning wars, which he says we don't do anymore. … [Read more...]

I Like Trump’s New National Security Adviser

Trump finally seems to have made a good move by naming Gen. HR McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. McMasters appears to be everything Flynn was not -- thoughtful, rational and understanding war in and security in a larger political and cultural context. … [Read more...]

Trump Orders Inventory of All U.S. Aid to Mexico

It seems Donald Trump is serious about his infantile demand that Mexico pay for this border wall he's allegedly going to build. He has ordered all federal agencies to detail every bit of aid the U.S. gives to Mexico to use as leverage to make them do so. … [Read more...]

Flynn Lied About Conversations with Russia

In late December, on the very same day that the Obama administration announced new sanctions on Russia for their interference in our election, Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's soon-to-be National Security Adviser, was evidently on the phone with the Russian ambassador telling him not to worry, Trump would lift them when he took office. … [Read more...]

SEAL Hypocritically Attacks McCain

Donald Trump isn't the only one making hypocritical attacks on John McCain for questioning the recent raid in Yemen. One of his surrogates, former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie is attacking McCain and Veterans Against Trump founder Perry O’Brien. His attack is blatantly hypocritical. … [Read more...]

Putin the Killer and American Exceptionalism

In an interview aired before the Super Bowl, Bill O'Reilly somehow managed to ask a good question of Donald Trump and he, of course, attempted to deflect and distract. And he gave an answer that, while politically foolish, also happened to be absolutely true. … [Read more...]