Trump Makes the Right Call: Bolton Out

By Paul R. Pillar That President Trump will soon have his fourth national security adviser in less than three years reflects the lack of strategic sense underlying the president’s foreign and security policies. When policy is more a matter of… Continue Reading  

Regional Risks of Rising U.S.-Iran Rivalry

by Naysan Rafati The re-imposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran’s banking and energy sectors on 5 November is a key element of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan… Continue Reading  

Hunting Witches in Washington

by John Feffer Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a lake. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats, her guilt is plain for all… Continue Reading  

Russiaburger: The Trump-Russia Scandal Unwrapped

by John Feffer The discussion of the Russia file these days sounds like the review of a fast-food restaurant. Echoing that infamous catchphrase of Wendy’s that became a political meme in the 1984 presidential elections — Where’s the Beef? —… Continue Reading  

The Insurrectionists

by John Feffer Don’t kid yourself: 2016 was a revolutionary year in the United States. Yes, I know, the United States is a deeply conservative country. Americans don’t engage in periodic attempts to overthrow the system. There is no viable… Continue Reading