McCarthyism Then and Now

Joseph Welch and Joseph McCarthy (McCarthy-Army hearings, June 9, 1954)

by Paul R. Pillar Sixty-four years ago this week came a pivotal moment in the overdue discrediting and downfall of an American demagogue. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a nationally televised inquiry from April to June of 1954… Continue Reading  

Follow the Money: Three Billionaires Paved Way for Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal

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by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump has just fulfilled a campaign pledge to tear up the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement, a multilateral agreement constraining Iran’s nuclear enrichment (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). In doing so, the… Continue Reading  

Americans Wrote the Russians’ Material

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by Paul R. Pillar Russian interference in domestic American politics is a large and complicated story that the media and independent analysts are only beginning to understand fully. Some of the lessons and implications of that story, especially as it… Continue Reading  

Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob

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by Jim Lobe With the eviction of Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka from the inner precincts of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson besieged and taking fire from virtually all sides, neoconservatives – even the NeverTrumpers among… Continue Reading  

Has Trump Become Adelson’s “Perfect Little Puppet”?

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by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton Amid continuing controversy over whether and how much Donald Trump owes his election to Vladimir Putin, it seems pertinent to ask whether he has other IOUs outstanding. Although his consistent praise of the Russian… Continue Reading