No, the Deep State Didn’t Cause Trump’s Syria Flip-Flop

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by Mike Lofgren The post hoc fallacy is one of the more common logical errors. The fact that the sunrise follows the rooster’s crowing does not prove that the rooster caused it. There is a similar tendency in political commentary… Continue Reading  

Neoconservative Comeback? They Never Left

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by Mike Lofgren Just as with entomology or botany, foreign policy analysis is largely an exercise in taxonomy: is some politician a realist or an idealist, a liberal internationalist or a national-interest proponent, an interventionist or an isolationist? Although thinking… Continue Reading  

Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature

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by Mike Lofgren The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul Pillar on… Continue Reading