Waiting for the Adults: Then and Now

by John Limbert “Can’t anybody here play this game?” –Casey Stengel on the New York Mets, 1963 Marx tells us that history happens first as tragedy and then as farce. He was predicting what has occurred between the U.S. and… Continue Reading  

Sanctioning Zarif Further Undermines U.S. Diplomatic Credibility

by Robert E. Hunter In the latest tit-for-tat in the battle between the United States and Iran, this week the Treasury Department, at the behest of the State Department, imposed sanctions on the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. This… Continue Reading  

Drawing Down Diplomacy in Iraq

by Paul R. Pillar Earlier this year the Trump administration, while stoking an atmosphere of crisis with Iran, withdrew “non-emergency” personnel from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. It is not clear what specific development, if any,… Continue Reading  

Pyongyang on the Potomac

by John Feffer When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shook hands on June 30 at the line dividing the two Koreas, the pictures that appeared on front pages all over the world depicted two very different leaders. Trump is… Continue Reading  

Trump vs. Trump on Iran

by John Feffer The ongoing conflict with Iran showcases all the reasons why Donald Trump remains a hit with his base. First of all, the guy tells a ripping yarn. While critics of U.S. policy drone on about complex agreements… Continue Reading