The Empty-Headedness of K.T. McFarland


by Jim Lobe When retired Adm. Robert Harward rejected Donald Trump’s offer to succeed Gen. Michael Flynn as the president’s new national security adviser (NSA), a variety of sources reported that the general’s real reason was that he couldn’t pick… Continue Reading  

Abrams at State: The Marriage of Trump and the Neocons?


by Michael Flynn The growing anticipation that President Donald Trump will name Elliott Abrams deputy secretary of state under Rex Tillerson has observers from across the political landscape scratching their heads—and in some cases fuming. An opponent of Trump during the presidential race,… Continue Reading  

Chaos Reigns Over Trump Transition, Defense Secretary Pick


by Derek Davison President-elect Donald Trump’s transition appeared to collapse into chaos on Tuesday, as infighting among his top advisers led to more turnover and slow progress on completing basic requirements. Trump’s transition team endured its second major shakeup in… Continue Reading  

For the Middle East, It’s the Center for American Regress


by Jim Lobe Last week, I featured a new Atlantic Council report by former Stimson Center president Ellen Laipson in which she argued that the nuclear deal with Iran—and the opportunities for future cooperation with Tehran that it opened up—required… Continue Reading  

Of Bombs and (would-be) Bombers


This was the best of weeks; this was the worst of weeks. I am referring to last week’s ministerial meeting at the UN General Assembly – and of course I’m exaggerating. For all who want to see Iran’s nuclear quarrel… Continue Reading