Ezra Klein on the Real Problem with Trump’s Syria Attack

With all the ridiculous, evidence-free conspiracy theories flying around the left (and the far right as well) about Trump's missile strike on a Syrian airfield, Ezra Klein nails the real problem with the whole situation, which is that Trump is flying totally by the seat of his pants without any coherent position. … [Read more...]

Trump and Those ‘Beautiful Little Babies’ from Syria

I seem to be considerably less outraged at Trump's missile strike in Syria, and even less skeptical of his motivations, than many of my readers and Facebook friends. But that doesn't mean it isn't entirely fair to point out how inconsistent and incoherent he's being about it. … [Read more...]

Trump Orders Missile Strikes in Syria

Donald Trump is now actively considering military action of some sort in Syria, having Defense Secretary James Mattis brief him on possible responses Thursday evening. The number of ways this shows how wrong he's been all along are many. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Gibberish on Syria

After the chemical gas attack that killed about 100 people in Syria a couple days ago, which has been blamed on Bashar al-Assad, Trump held a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah and addressed the matter quite incoherently. … [Read more...]

Bannon Removed from National Security Council

Gen. H.R. McMaster has succeeded in getting Trump to remove Steve Bannon from the principles committee of the National Security Council, a position that was shockingly inappropriate for a political strategist. But the White House is pretending that nothing important happened. … [Read more...]

Congress May Allow Trump to Violate Iran Agreement

The historic multi-national deal struck by the Obama administration with Iran is now two years old, but a group of senators is pushing a bill that would give Donald Trump the authority to reimpose sanctions even though Iran has not violated that agreement. … [Read more...]

Tillerson Off to Terrible Start as Secretary of State

When Trump nominated Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, it was obvious that he was completely unqualified for the job, having never, ever held any diplomatic position or even a public policy job of any kind. But his tenure is off to a worse start than even I could have predicted. … [Read more...]

Cheney Calls Russian Hacking a Possible ‘Act of War’

Dick Cheney clearly thinks that the Russian hacking was done in order to influence the outcome of the presidential election, and in typical Cheney neo-con fashion, he says it might even be an "act of war." Because he loves two things: war and false dichotomies. … [Read more...]

The Bizarre Story of Trump, Woolsey and Turkey

Remember when former CIA Director James Woolsey was an adviser to Trump during the campaign and a member of the transition team? He suddenly quit the team after a brief stint and now he tells a story to the Wall Street Journal with all kinds of dark implications for Trump and Michael Flynn. … [Read more...]

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...]