Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He has written widely, including five books, on international relations, Russian affairs, and nuclear weapons. In addition to his academic posts, he has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Washington, he served as personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. The views expressed here are his own. Also, he has an awesome cat named Carla. Follow him on Twitter, @RadioFreeTom.
Henry Olsen’s argument that Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are comparable as presidents is not only risible but insulting to the 40th president.
This is a bad idea whose time has already come and gone, and the nuclear warriors’ ideas are just as bad now as they were 15 or 20 years ago.
Long before Iraq and Iran, the United States was wrestling with the problem of how to strike North Korea, where planning for the use of nuclear weapons ran into various dead-ends.
A leaked Defense Intelligence Agency report says the Kim regime has made a warhead small enough to fit onto a long-range missile. Even if true, he’s got a long way to go.
The public’s eagerness to see a general impose order on the White House—with the president’s blessing, no less—represents a potentially dangerous bargain.
Classified information is important, but an ongoing look inside the president’s head is, in many ways, more valuable than any transitory secrets.
George Orwell’s dystopian classic, ‘1984,’ is back in vogue—but to understand what’s happening in our world, we need less Big Brother and more Aldous Huxley.
Here’s everything you need to know about the United States’s nuclear response procedure as explained by gifs from ‘Friends.’
Nature has finally removed from this planet a man so odious and responsible for so much human misery that our common human experience is better for his absence.
With ‘The Iran Wars,’ the Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon has produced a compelling—and alarming—book recounting America’s inept attempts to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
This morning, New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro asked if Donald Trump was just Tony Soprano with better clothes. Nope.
No patriotic American should be celebrating the career of Julian Assange. His dissemination of others’ secrets has nothing to do with democracy and transparency, and everything to do with international espionage.
There is only one American who must bear the moral stain of allowing Syria to become an abattoir, and that is the current president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Maybe Micah Johnson, like Charleston murderer Dylann Roof and Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, was a screwed-up weirdo who went looking for a cause to support his desire to kill.
The party has been taken over by a gang of thugs, and I’ll be damned if I’ll hand the Party of Lincoln over to Donald Trump and his venal goons without making a stand.
The Obama administration decided early on that the only way to get the United States out of the Middle East was to replace it with Russia and Iran.
Donald Trump’s candidacy isn’t really about politics, which is why it divides people so deeply. It’s about revenge.
With nearly half a million dead and U.S. proxies fighting each other, Syria represents a failure of U.S. strategy and a lack of presidential leadership.
The future of the entire conservative movement is at stake, and a Hillary Clinton victory over Donald Trump might be the only hope of saving it.
Never before have so many historically well-off people felt themselves so economically deprived.
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