Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols

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.

Workers Of The World: Ignore Michael Dougherty’s Defense Of Donald Trump

It is because I am a son of the working class, and because I am from Chicopee, that I am so hard on the working-class men who support Donald Trump.

Retire The Doomsday Clock

Some scientists want you to believe we’re closer to the apocalypse because scaring you gives them power. That’s why they’ve rebooted the Doomsday Clock.

Terrorists Kill Because They Hate Themselves For Loving The West

These ‘Muslims’ excoriate the decadence of the West in between bong hits while watching porn, listening to hip-hop, and playing video games on the Devil’s Box known as ‘a computer.’

Can Putin Be Kept in Check?

In Garry Kasparov’s book, Winter is Coming, the Chess grandmaster lashes out at the West for enabling the rise of Vladimir Putin. Is his anger Justified?

Fear And Loathing In Hillary World

As Hillary Clinton marches to the Democratic nomination, something is happening to liberal writers that is uncomfortable even for conservatives to watch.

It’s Not Oppression To Say Thank You

When did the customer become the person in a transaction to say ‘Thank you,’ instead of the clerk?

Donald Trump, The Hipster Candidate

Donald Trump is a thing not because the Republican Party is awful but because a sizeable number of Americans idolize outsider status.

The Revenge Of The Lost Boys

Western societies are producing more and more Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry dangerous social grudges.

The New Totalitarians Are Here

Totalitarians want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining – even if it takes bludgeoning every last citizen who disagrees.

America, The Unserious Super-Power

Aggressive countries feel free to damage American interests because we cower when they swagger.

John Oliver Finds the Real Edward Snowden

John Oliver’s recent interview with Edward Snowden reveals both the weakness of our media and the lies Snowden has made himself believe.

What’s Plan B For After The Ukraine Cease-Fire Fails?

Despite our continual attempt to stay out of the Ukraine conflict, the Russians have already escalated, and they are likely to escalate again.

The Conservative Case For Normalizing Relations With Cuba

Human rights considerations never deter American voters from their thirst for cheap stuff, and it’s time to move forward from the Cold War in Cuba anyway.

The Senate Torture Report: Was It Worth It?

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture benefits no one but our enemies and politicians looking to re-litigate previous presidential administrations.

Shorter New York Times: Iraq Had A Huge WMD Stash, But Bush Is Still A Dumb Liar

Why did the Times poison its own story about the effects on U.S. soldiers of huge weapons stashes we found in Iraq?

Russia’s Leader Is Neither A Realist Nor A Nationalist

To understand Vladimir Putin’s wars, the key is to understand the final two decades of the Soviet Union, not the first two decades of the new Russia.

Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

Suddenly, an act of terrorism becomes an act of interstate war, directed with subterfuge and deniability, with the goal of dismembering the Ukrainian state.

What The Downed Flight MH17 Means For Russia

Here’s what the shootdown of MH17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff.

Vladimir Putin Is Not The President Of Sim City

Don’t allow the academic model for understanding Vladimir Putin to be contaminated by pesky stuff like evidence. It just gets in the way.

The Crimea Crisis And The Abuse Of History

Historical analogies are mostly nonsense — especially when they are used to draw false moral equivalences.