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...]

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...]