Murray Polner: Can we please stop demonizing Vladimir Putin 24/7, and blaming him for all the world’s ills? He is not the latest version of Josef Stalin.
e now face a serious risk with North Korea’s acquisition of both nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking US territory. As the commander of US forces in South Korea recently said, only self-restraint now prevents a nuclear war. When we are dealing with Kim Jong-Un on one side and Donald Trump on […]
Gareth Porter: Major U.S. media outlets insinuate that President Trump’s advisers are traitors for secretly talking to Russians, but they ignore the history of Henry Kissinger doing the same thing for Richard Nixon.
In 2016, it was Donald Trump who came under fire for being too much of a Putin admirer. Now there are the FBI and congressional investigations into possible Russian connections with the Trump campaign.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — Walking the halls of Foggy Bottom, the headquarters of the State Department in Washington, D.C., has been a depressing business for decades. There is little excitement here.
The U.S. establishment seems to want an Emperor who will go around the world spying on people and killing them as he sees fit, but wants to make sure he abides by legal niceties in the U.S.
Donald Trump won a startling victory in his run for the presidency, employing attacks on Mexican migrants, Islamophobia, and promises to “make America great again.” The Republican Party, moving rightward for years, has embraced this agenda.
Beyond Trump Nation, just about everybody thinks President Trump came off second-fiddle in his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
William J. Astore: When you forge a bigger hammer, you tend not to leave it unused in the tool shed. No — you look for bigger nails to strike.
William Blum: Where does the United States get the nerve to moralize about Russia? Same place they get the nerve to label Putin a “killer” … a “butcher” … a “thug”.
Mel Gurtov: With Trump too busy attacking his critics and Stephen Bannon evidently in charge, the administration is incapable of developing a coherent foreign policy supportive of traditional allies.
Murray Polner: With little or no historical knowledge “Americans, inheritors of the Monroe Doctrine, should have understood that Russia would be hypersensitive to foreign dominated military alliances approaching or touching its borders.”
Mel Gurtov: Trump’s approach irreparably harms US relations with its neighbor, just as it seriously undermines relations with Japan and other Asian countries that wanted the TPP as an offset to China’s economic dominance.