The Nixonization of Donald Trump

by John Feffer The comparisons are multiplying. There was Trump’s appeal to the “silent majority” during the presidential election, his later adoption of the “mad man” theory in his foreign policy, his possible taping of conversations, his arm-twisting of top… Continue Reading  

Separate Scandal and Foreign Policy (But Don’t Ignore Them Either)

by Paul R. Pillar Among Washington’s biggest walking-while-chewing-gum challenges are those that involve trying to make policy soberly and carefully amid headline-grabbing scandal.  We have such a situation today, with the firing of the FBI director being the latest turn… Continue Reading  

Unhelpfully Familiar Responses to the Orlando Shooting

by Paul R. Pillar Here we go again. Another terrorist incident, and another iteration of the depressingly familiar suite of responses we hear each time in the subsequent surge of rhetoric and commentary. Much of what we hear is what… Continue Reading