Bolton: A Prime Mover Of The Iraq WMD Fiasco


by Greg Thielmann [Editor’s note: With the announcement that John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as Trump’s national security adviser, LobeLog is republishing an article authored by Greg Thielmann, a 25-year veteran of the Foreign Service who served two tours in the… Continue Reading  

John Bolton: The Essential Profile


by Mitchell Plitnick After weeks of rumors, President Donald Trump today replaced National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Many foreign policy analysts and advocates immediately expressed deep concern and dismay at Bolton’s appointment.

Hunting Witches in Washington


by John Feffer Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a lake. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats, her guilt is plain for all… Continue Reading  

Saudi Fragility and Why MbS Is No Ataturk


by Paul R. Pillar One of the more intriguing news reports about the rapid rise to power of the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), concerns how he isolated his mother, placing her under house arrest for a… Continue Reading  

Avoiding Another Mistake in Lebanon


by Mitchell Plitnick No one has ever complained that the United States doesn’t pay enough attention to the Middle East. In recent years, however, one country that hasn’t gotten much attention in Washington is Lebanon. But on Tuesday, the Senate… Continue Reading