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More Scenes from the Kakistocracy

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On August 2, 2017
Paul already pointed our attention to the full transcript of Trump’s interview with the Wall Street Journal. Like pretty much all of Trump’s long-form interviews, it’s truly terrifying. Once again, Trump shows a complete lack of understanding of policy. Jordan Weissman flags a particularly head-desk moment. So I’ll call, like, major—major countries, and I’ll be dealing […]
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Sinking the Ship of State

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On March 1, 2017
Julia Ioffe’s article on her interviews with career State Department employees manages to be heartbreaking, appalling, and frightening at the same time. You should read the whole thing, but here are three choice excerpts. First, the evisceration of the professional bureaucracy in favor of barely competent loyalists and family members: A lot of this, the employee […]
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I have new online piece, co-authored with Dani Nedal, at Foreign Affairs: President Donald Trump believes that America makes terrible deals—from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Why, according to Trump, do other countries take such advantage of the United States? Because our leaders and officials are stupid […]
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