Entering a 1984 World, Trump-Style

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by Michael T. Klare The pundits and politicians generally take it for granted that President Trump lacks a coherent foreign policy. They believe that he acts solely out of spite, caprice, and political opportunism — lashing out at U.S. allies… Continue Reading  

Truth-Killing as a Meta-Issue

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by Paul R. Pillar Many of us have had more than our fill of the 100-day assessments of Donald Trump’s presidency.  Besides the arbitrary nature of this point on the calendar, and besides the sheer overload of the number of… Continue Reading  

Trump: Doubling Down on Dystopia

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by John Feffer Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories — The Giver, Hunger Games — like Goths to piercings. TV shows about zombie apocalypses, pandemics, and technology run amok inspire binge watching. We’ve seen… Continue Reading  

Leak-Shopping and the Politicization of Intelligence

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by Paul R. Pillar Consistency has not been a hallmark of the Trump Administration’s posture regarding the divulging to the press and the public of information that had been the stuff of behind-closed-doors deliberations inside government.  Members of the press… Continue Reading  

From Here to Dystopia

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by John Feffer Shortly after the November elections, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section.” My friend… Continue Reading