How John Bolton Handles Diverse Viewpoints and Expert Analysis

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by Paul R. Pillar John Bolton has a glaring record of extreme and bombastic views and behavior. First-hand recollections of that record include, for example, former State Department officer Greg Thielmann’s description of Bolton’s performance as one of the most… Continue Reading  

Bolton: A Prime Mover Of The Iraq WMD Fiasco

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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  

Keeping Iran’s Ballistic Missiles in Perspective

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by Greg Thielmann The Trump administration’s 120-day “stay of execution” for the Iran nuclear deal has temporarily sidelined arguments over the absence of constraints on ballistic missiles as one of the agreement’s principal flaws. But if this “flaw” is not… Continue Reading  

Take First Strike Against North Korea Off the Table

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by Greg Thielmann There has been a blizzard of commentaries in recent months on what U.S. policy should be in the face of North Korea’s defiant efforts to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. It is the habit of U.S. government officials… Continue Reading  

Anti-Iranism in the Trump Administration

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by Paul R. Pillar One of the most direct indications of Donald Trump’s failure, or refusal, to understand issues involving Iran is his tweeted declaration this week that the Iranians “should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S.… Continue Reading