In the Heart of a Dying Empire

National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and so many like them remain deeply implicated in the path the country took in those years of geopolitical dreaming. They...

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Yemen’s Descent into Hell

In Yemen, the United States backs a grim military intervention for which—unless you are a weapons company—it is hard to find any justification, practical or moral. Unfortunately, it is even harder to imagine President Trump or the Pentagon reaching such a conclusion and changing course.

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How the Trump-Pompeo Slam of Iran Backfires

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rant against Iran on Sunday accused the leadership of that country of hoarding the country’s wealth, behaving like a mafia, and being hypocritical clergymen. While these allegations are not without basis in fact, Pompeo’s own record undermines the critique.

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