Debating Trump’s Foreign Policy

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by Henry Precht Some of you may have heard the other day a Maine Public Radio discussion of Trumpian foreign affairs by a panel that included an ex-diplomat, an academic, and a fusion of the two. I listened and was poised… Continue Reading  

The Syrian War: Two Lessons for Trump

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by Henry Precht The roots of US involvement in the Syrian war run deep and wide. On our side we can start with the Korean conflict, which ended in a tie and a lesson taught: never fight a land war in… Continue Reading  

Time to Test the Presidential Candidates

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by Henry Precht There is a school of political scientists that argues candidates for high office ought to be selected by examination rather than ballot. It’s not a very significant or noisy school, to be sure. But it’s a thesis that bears… Continue Reading  

The Virtues of Diplomacy

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by Henry Precht Diplomats are normally seen as mild, perhaps timid people associated with tea sipping and good manners. I could (barely) have passed for one when I was working on Iran in the State Department during the 1979-80 Iran hostage… Continue Reading  

How Iran Can Help the US Sort Out Its Problems

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by Henry Precht Old Iran hands are familiar with the American record of assisting in the development of that country. Our major aid program ran until the late 1960s while a Peace Corps contingent remained into the mid-1970s. Their objective was teaching… Continue Reading