Despite his seeing serious disagreements with other nations, he sometimes stressed that a successful U.S. policy would need to include restraint, flexibility, realism, and openness to dialogue, especially with the Soviet Union. Comments like these suggested that he viewed politics and foreign policy as the art of the possible, not as an attempt to realize some great ideal.
Thirty years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush appeared before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union Address, the first post-Cold War observance of this annual ritual.
Donald Trump wants the U.S.-European alliance to do more work in the Middle East. But are America’s allies on board with his counter-Iran campaign?
The Cold War constituted a “tragedy of towering proportions,” Andrew Bacevich writes, 40-plus years of “folly and waste,” all to create the greatest buildup of lethal force in human history. The proper response, when it came to an end, would have been “reflection, remorse, repentance, even restitution.”
Ambassador Willam vanden Heuvel talked about his book, Hope and History: A Memoir of Tumultuous Times, on his life and career in public service. He spoke with his daughter, Nation Magazine publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel at the New York Historical Society.
When the [Steele] dossier’s allegations were fresh and sexy and unvetted they were suitable for inclusion in Mother Jones. Once they were vetted and found wanting, however, they lost their appeal.
Libya’s ongoing destruction belongs to Hillary Clinton more than anyone else.
In a sane and just society, the architects of the nearly 17-year-old war in Iraq – which is still ongoing and has left an estimated half-million people dead – would face war crimes charges and those who cheered them on would be thoroughly discredited.
Almost as great as our arrogance is our ignorance of the realities of the countries in which we become military involved. The arrogance and the ignorance are connected – it is the former which prevents us from realizing the prevalence of the latter.
The apparent overreaction by the U.S. to Iranian provocations represented by the assassination of Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Qassem Soleiman is one of the stronger blows to hit one of the most important nails in the coffin of U.S.-Russian relations: the revival of Russian-Western geopolitical competition outside Russia’s immediate central Eurasian sphere of influence.