Constantly pillorying the right over their support or tolerance of populism ends up creating the same sort of absurdist caricatures they claim to avoid.
The architects of the nation-building policies from Afghanistan to Iraq are failures and should be treated with the same disdain reserved for flat earthers or bloodletters.
There may be neoconservatives cheering that drone strike, as neoconservatives are wont to do, but it is unlikely that they are the ones driving policy.
The editor of National Review wrote a book praising a benevolent, liberal, unifying form of nationalism. The vitriolic reaction was eye-opening.
Trump’s critics appear to believe that backing a Marxist splinter group aligned with the anti-American, pro-Iranian axis in its war against a NATO ally is sound policy.
New York University professor Suketu Mehta recently published a book arguing that ‘immigration is a form of reparations’ for past American crimes.
Promoting the same failed policies, and rehabilitating the same failed ‘experts,’ simply because they have rebranded as ‘national conservatives,’ will not advance the American cause.
The year 2016 was a defining moment in the Western polity, with Brexit and Donald Trump’s election changing the status quo, which led to this conference trying to figure out what exactly is causing such changes.
When was the last time you heard a U.S. president express hesitancy and moral qualms about the loss of innocent lives through our military interventions? Probably never.
Neocons had little popular constituency but great institutional power. Justice Democrats have little popular constituency but great cultural power. They will fall the same way.
It appears President Trump is cognizant of the slow drift to war with Iran, and is not very happy about it. Someone needs to remind him who is the president.
It was the combination of 9/11 and the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iraq that culminated in the invasion of the latter in 2003.
Neocons have lost the GOP base due to their mishandling of the United States’ foreign wars, and Trump’s presidency is only just the beginning of a necessary shift.
Max Boot has announced he is no longer a conservative.
Were U.S. forces not already deployed to Syria, no sane person would recommend sending in 400 U.S. troops into a complex, dangerous civil war with multiple armed actors on the ground.
These failed pundits’ efforts are meant to shame President Trump into reversing his instinct to pull the United States out of Afghanistan.
If the U.S. experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria should have told our foreign policy elites anything, it is that Washington can’t resolve distant political problems.
James Mattis’s departure highlights the broader legitimation crisis that results from American foreign policy being run without democratic accountability and against popular opinion.
Trump’s decision nips further mission creep in the bud and refocuses the national security bureaucracy on the right priorities.
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