Over the course of the lengthy hearing, his testimony painted a coherent picture of what a Rex Tillerson-style American foreign policy might look like.
Unlike Obama and Kerry’s approach to diplomacy, which starts with what the people on the other side of the table want or will accept, Rex Tillerson starts with what America needs.
As we close out the year and prepare for the incoming Trump administration, here are the top ten foreign policy developments of 2016 that will set the scene for 2017.
President Obama mismanaged two wars, oversaw the collapse of order across the Middle East, and left the United States and the world less safe.
Iran’s leaders are aware that once Donald Trump is in office, the Iran deal is most likely going to be altered or dismantled. So why not thumb their noses at the United States?
A conservative approach toward the Middle East today should not be a choice between the two extremes of isolationism or global policing.
The CIA now says Russia intervened in the 2016 election in order to elect Donald Trump. If that’s true, it’s Obama’s fault.
The U.S. has spent billions in training and support for Syrian rebels—the same rebels now willing to work with the terrorists responsible for 9/11.
‘How wrong are these elites, at least as it relates to the rest of the country? Look for a moment at the most glaring foreign policy failures of the past 15 years.’
America faces an international order that’s unstable and in disarray. If Trump doesn’t act to restore that order, we may soon find ourselves in another war.
Liberal interventionism and neoconservatism offer us the same militaristic approaches. It’s time for a new, more thoughtful approach to our foreign policy.
‘If I have been focused on an establishment, it has been the monolithic one in Middle Eastern Studies, not the varied one in Washington. There you at least get some turnover.’
U.S. efforts to remake Afghanistan in its own image fostered corruption and cronyism, a new report finds.
Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin raises the prospect that he will try to promote American interests in the same disastrous way Putin has for Russia.
Either the Obama administration can’t do math, or it has a very good reason for privately accepting worse interest rates than it would have gotten for American taxpayers by running Iran’s claims through the Hague tribunal.
Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s foreign policies can be seen as classic examples of idealism overpowering cold analysis of facts.
The New York Times is alarmed by Trump’s friendliness with Russia. It’s weird, considering their freakout when Mitt Romney called Russia a geopolitical foe.
Russia doesn’t have to steal the election to accomplish its ultimate goal, which isn’t to elect Trump but to undermine America’s faith in elections.
Recent high-profile cyberattacks are all part of a coordinated Russian effort to disrupt U.S. elections. The ultimate goal isn’t to elect Trump, but to undermine Americans’ faith in democracy.
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