Category: Foreign Affairs

Donald Trump’s summit with Putin has emboldened Iran

Donald Trump’s summit with Putin has emboldened Iran
Late Sunday night, Donald Trump went to twitter and started beating the war drum against Iran. He did so in retaliation to the President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks in a speech that if the U.S. launches a war against Iran, it would be the mother of all wars. We heard that same phrase from none other... Read more »

Who will stand up for America, who will stand-up for America’s greatness?

Who will stand up for America, who will stand-up for America’s greatness?
“Who, in this moment of abdication of American leadership by the president, will speak for America? Who will speak for American greatness?”—Bill Kristol Bill Kristol, the Editor-at-Large of the Conservative “Weekly Standard,” posted the words above on Twitter in response to Donald Trump’s temper-tantrum in Brussels, at the NATO conference. His words encapsulate this moment... Read more »

The good, the bad, and the con of the Kim summit

The good, the bad, and the con of the Kim summit
In 30+ years working in politics in Defense and Foreign Policy, I have been through many summits: Arabs and Israelis, where agreements were signed, Americans and Soviets where détente kept us from blowing up the world and led to the end of the Evil Empire. I have worked on countless hours in work leading up... Read more »
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It was a hard day to be a Jew

It was a hard day to be a Jew
My Mother used to say, “If you do not have anything nice to say, then shut up.” Moms are sometimes blunt. I am a Jew by choice. My religion gives me a place in the world and for me, a personal understanding of a Higher Power. Yesterday, it brought me pain, because of ugly things... Read more »

Is America starting another Middle-East war?

Is America starting another Middle-East war?
As of this year, I have been in politics for four decades, three and a half decades of that time working in foreign policy and foreign relations. Taking off my partisan cap and donning my policy hat while reading the Iran deal, I think I found the fatal flaw that makes the agreement so bad... Read more »

It is May Day, I miss the USSR and so should you

It is May Day, I miss the USSR and so should you
On the last day in April in 1993, I sat in a bar just off Red Square with a new Russian Friend. Victor was a KGB officer in the 1970s and 1980s assigned to Washington, DC to organize spies to steal information from guys like me. He was a spymaster, and a good one. “Robert,... Read more »
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Is America quitting the world stage?

Is America quitting the world stage?
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” spoken by the great Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, was stenciled on the wall of our High School locker room. At the time I thought it was just something the coaches had painted on the walls to make us feel guilty about our abysmal win/loss records. We... Read more »

Will Trump respond to Assad’s massacre?

Will Trump respond to Assad’s massacre?
Reports from the weekend are that Bashir al-Assad used chemical warfare against his own population. There is no denying that chlorine was used to kill men, women, and children in an eastern suburb of Damascus. Time magazine published this video of the scene from Douma, Syria. This attack is not the first time that the... Read more »

Donald Trump taps a nationalist to head up U.S. Foreign Policy

Donald Trump taps a nationalist to head up U.S. Foreign Policy
Under fire by Mueller, the press, and the sane people in America, Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a President trying to save his base. Forget trying to preserve his Presidency. That was destroyed long ago. Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush, the two candidates for “The Worst President in History,” depending on... Read more »
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How nice that the USA rolls out the red carpet for the number one supporter of terrorism in the world.

How nice that the USA rolls out the red carpet for the number one supporter of terrorism in the world.
Here is a pop quiz: some of you may remember two airplanes slamming into the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and a fourth crashing in the countryside in rural Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. Here is the question: who were the 9/11 hijackers that attacked America and killed thousands of innocent people? I... Read more »