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North Korea wins, America loses, with our Olympic appeasement

February 13, 2018

Appeasing authoritarianism comes in many forms. All of them are ugly. Some are obvious and extremely dangerous, and some are subtle, indicating a mindset portending future danger because of a propensity to ignore reality. Opening the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, prominent American media outlets displayed the latter appeasement mentality in full measure, becoming stenographers for North Korea’s propaganda machine. Reflecting boundless gullibility, representatives of our free press stepped up to carry Pyongyang’s message.

Iran vs. Israel

February 12, 2018

Iran has taken a much more forward position here, close to Israel, close to the oil-producing Arabs state of the Persian Gulf. And it’s beefed up its conventional military capability. I think it’s very troubling for Israel and our Arab friends in the region too.

Fallout from the memo wars

Animosities are so high that not even full disclosure may be enough to resolve the current disputes and restore faith to critical government institutions. And no matter how carefully analyzed, the disclosures will inevitably impair some legitimate government endeavors. But the most important government interest here is restoring the citizenry’s faith in its government. That interest above all must prevail.

North Korea slams Trump’s State of the Union address

February 7, 2018

“I don’t think we can blink the reality here. North Korea is getting ever-closer to deliverable nuclear weapons. Barring some dramatic action by China, which is an increasingly fading hope I think at this point, we’re coming down to the decision either to accept nuclear weapons in the hands of this very bizarre regime or consider the use military force. These are not happy choices but we’re running out of options.”

Trump’s SOTU hit the right foreign policy notes — now comes the hard part

January 31, 2018

President Trump’s first State of the Union address was not heavy on national security issues. It did, however, make one critical point: In reviewing the international achievements of his first year in office, Trump was abundantly clear that the Obama era is over.

Beyond the Iran Nuclear Deal

January 16, 2018

Spending the next 120 days negotiating with ourselves will leave the West mired in stasis. Mr. Trump correctly sees Mr. Obama’s deal as a massive strategic blunder, but his advisers have inexplicably persuaded him not to withdraw.

Politicizing Proliferation Policy

January 14, 2018

Post-Obama, Trump’s White House has a full workload to repair and improve American national security, from significantly increasing military budgets to building a more assertive diplomatic corps. Importantly, however, eliminating the corrosive effects of politicized intelligence also needs to rank at the top of his agenda.

Pay attention to Latin America and Africa before controversies erupt

January 2, 2018

Latin America and Africa have rarely rated as top U.S. foreign policy priorities in recent years, but 2018 may change that. Political instability and the collapse of national governments, international terrorism and its associated financing, and great power competition for natural resources and political influence could all threaten significant American national security interests next year. If several simmering controversies erupt simultaneously, Washington could find itself facing these crises with little or no strategic thinking to guide our responses.

Expect America’s tensions with China and Russia to rise in 2018

December 29, 2017

I examine the strategic threats posed by China and Russia and one of President Trump’s continuing priorities: preserving and enhancing American sovereignty.

Threats of 2017 – Mideast, terror, weapons – will linger in the new year

December 28, 2017

I review the administration’s 2017 record and 2018 prospects in three critical near-term areas: Middle East turmoil, international terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.