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In today’s Politico Playbook: REPUBLICANS TO THE WORLD: WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO DO? There was a general consensus in the Capitol yesterday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP thoroughly embarrassed the United States standing next to Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN on the world’s biggest stage…. BUT, PRIVATELY, senior-level Republican aides and lawmakers had a second message: […]
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I had an exchange with a friend earlier today. They suggested that NATO’s case of the Trumps is terminal. I disagreed, but suggested that a Trump victory in 2020 might very well render NATO largely irrelevant to the power politics of western Eurasia. I’m thinking that I might be too optimistic. The Pentagon is analyzing […]
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Josh Rogin write in the Washington Post that: Trump has been publicly trashing the E.U. and NATO since his campaign, but the pace and viciousness of his attacks have increased. Just this week, at a rally in North Dakota, Trump said: “The European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United […]

Apropos of Everything

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On June 18, 2018

Because it’s a day for joyous celebration of the essential goodness of humanity, you should read this (surprisingly) good review essay by Cass Sunstein over at the New York Review of Books. All

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“We’re America, Bitch”

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On June 11, 2018
The Trump Doctrine in action: Amid the international upheaval after the G-7 summit, an unnamed senior White House official summed up the Trumpian foreign policy doctrine: “We’re America, bitch.” According to a Monday Atlantic report, a “senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking” explained: “Obama apologized to everyone for […]
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