Regions / North America
When our soldiers kill and die in fruitless wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore — we’re an empire. And perhaps a fading one at that.
The evidence is in: The "adults in the room" at the White House have enabled Trump's worst impulses, not checked them.
As the war on terror enters its 17th year, it's clear that abuses of power by one administration lead to abuses by the next.
Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility.
From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump's mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.
Iran is complying with its end of the deal, but Trump is catering to hawks and neoconservative donors who transparently want war with the country.
If any other public agency had blown hundreds of billions of dollars, Congress would hold hearings. If it's the Pentagon, it gets $80 billion more.
Trump's plans to extend the war he once supported ending are even more worrisome for their lack of transparency.
Sanders has at last revealed himself to be an American leader articulating a new and largely peaceable foreign policy.
The practical reality is this: To de-escalate this situation, the United States must be prepared to swallow its hubris and sit down with North Korea.