Commentary

A reasonably complete list of my op-eds, commentaries, and blog posts from around the Internet. A fancier version of this page can be found at my Cato profile page.

September 14, 2017, “Introducing the American Fear Index,” @Cato.org

August 28, 2017, “Terrorism and the New Domino Theory,” @Cato.org

August 22, 2017, “The Slim Chances That Trump’s Afghanistan Policy Will Succeed,” @NY Daily News

August 21, 2017, “New Strategy, Same Results,” @U.S. News & World Report

August 10, 2017, “U.S. Drone Strikes in the Philippines Would Be a Massive Mistake,” @Washington Post

July 21, 2017, “Remember George W.’s War on Terror?” @Newsweek

July 20, 2017, “Fatal Fallacies in the War on Terror,” @Cato.org

July 11, 2017, “Is There Enough of a Shared Identity in U.S. to Meet Threats?” @Philadelphia Inquirer

July 1, 2017, “The Failure of American Leadership,” @InsideSources.com

June 18, 2017, “Trump’s Massive Afghanistan Mistake,” @NY Daily News

June 7, 2017, “Trump’s No Good Very Bad Arms Deal,” @Cato.org

June 6, 2017, “Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?” @Cato.org

May 31, 2017, “Time for a (different kind of) change in Afghanistan,” @The Hill

May 25, 2017, “The Saudi Deal Shows Just How Broken the US Arms Export Process Has Become,” @DefenseOne

May 25, 2017, “Is Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal the Worst Arms Deal Ever?” @Washington Examiner

May 7, 2017, “Iran Offers Lessons on Dealing with North Korea,” @Philadelphia Inquirer

April 27, 2017, “America First? Not So Fast! What We’ve Learned from the First 100 Days of Trump Foreign Policy,” @ War on the Rocks

April 26, 2017, “The U.S. Should Give Peace a Chance When It Comes to North Korea,” @The Hill

April 21, 2017, “Why More Military Action in Syria Is (Still) a Bad Idea,” @Washington Examiner

April 20, 2017, “Moving Backwards on Middle East Arms Sales,” @The Huffington Post

April 20, 2017, “Why Trump’s Words Matter,” @Real Clear Defense

April 15, 2017, “The Dangers of Escalation,” @Salon.com

April 10, 2017, “Syria and the Danger of Elite Consensus,” @Cato.org

April 5, 2017, “Doing Nothing Is Better Than Acting,” @U.S. News & World Report

March 21, 2017, “Lessons from North Korea,” @The Detroit News

March 14, 2017, “Were We Watching the Same Presidency? Obama Was Not a Restrainer,” @War on the Rocks

March 5, 2017, “Strong Military, But at What Cost?” @The Virginian Pilot

March 1, 2017, “Refugees, Immigration, and the Trolley Problem,” @Cato.org

February 22, 2017, “Trump’s Terrorism Fearmongering vs. the Facts,” @New York Daily News

February 21, 2017, “Early Returns on President Trump,” @Cato.org

January 26, 2017, “The Tug of War on ISIS inside Donald Trump’s Head,” @New York Daily News

January 26, 2017, “Divining the Emerging Trump Doctrine,” @Orange County Register

December 28, 2016, “Pulling Back Now Won’t Absolve American Involvement in Yemen,” @National Interest

December 27, 2016, “Will Trump-Branded Properties Be Targeted by Terrorists?” @Newsweek.com

December 23, 2016, “Trump Towers or Trump Targets?” @Cato.org

December 13, 2016, “Trump’s Military Men Can’t Fix America,” @USA Today

December 4, 2016, “Apart at the Seams? Hegemonic Stability Theory and the Myth of American Indispensability,” @Medium.com

December 4, 2016, “Why Trump’s War on the Media Matters,” @Reason.com

December 2, 2016, “Obama’s Legacy: Murder.gov,” @RealClear Defense

November 16, 2016, “The Looming Battle for Trump’s Foreign Policy,” @National Interest

November 9, 2016, “America’s Foreign Policy Tribes,” @Cato.org

November 4, 2016, “The Return of the Indispensable Nation,” @Orange County Register

October 24, 2016, “American Millennials and the World,” @Political Anthropologist

October 20, 2016, “Last Night’s Presidential Debate: A Warning to the Foreign Policy Establishment,” @National Interest

October 19, 2016, “After Mosul Falls, Should Our Troops Stay On In Iraq?” @Newsweek.com

October 17, 2016, “The Real Danger of Mosul,” @Cato.org

October 17, 2016, “It’s time for the United States to let Afghanistan go,” @Washington Examiner

October 7, 2016, “Refugees, Immigrants, and the Polarization of American Foreign Policy,” @Cato.org

September 22, 2016, “Two candidates, two bad responses to terrorism,” @NY Daily News

September 21, 2016, “Terror Attacks Won’t Budge Millennial Voters,” @TheHill.com

September 15, 2016, “Hacking and the Era of Fragile Secrets,” @Cato.org

September 15, 2016, “Primed against Primacy: The Restraint Constituency and U.S. Foreign Policy,” @WarOnTheRocks.com

September 14, 2016, “Terrorism News and the 9/11 Anniversary Effect,” @Cato.org

September 9, 2016, “Do Less in the War on Terror” @U.S. News and World Report

August 31, 2016, “Make America Safe Again? But America Is Already Safe” @Newsweek.com

August 24, 2016, “Make America (Realize It’s) Safe Again,” @Cato.org

August 23, 2016, “What To Do about Syria?” @TheHill.com

August 15, 2016, “Is Keeping at Arm’s Length in Syria Obama’s Worst Mistake?” @Newsweek.com

August 11, 2016, “Syria Is Not Obama’s Worst Mistake,” @Cato.org

July 27, 2016, “The Democrats’ Three-Way Split,” @NationalInterest.org

July 25, 2016, “Why Send More Troops to Iraq?” @DetroitNews

July 18, 2016, “The Coup and the Crackdown: Turkey and American Foreign Policy,” @Cato.org

July 1, 2016, “Relax. Brexit Won’t Cause the International Order to Collapse,” @TheFederalist.com

June 29, 2016, “The Democrats’ New National Security Strategy,” @HuffingtonPost

June 28, 2016, “How Much Do Americans Really Fear ISIS?” @NationalInterest.org

June 20, 2016, “How Terrorism Has Hijacked American Foreign Policy,” @Cato.org

June 12, 2016, “Americans prefer foreign policy of restraint over interventionism,” @Orange County Register

June 9, 2016, “The American Public Is Not Hawkish on China,” @Cato.org

June 3, 2016, “Can Clinton Beat Trump on Foreign Policy?” @Newsweek.com

June 2, 2016, “Why Clinton Won’t Win the Foreign Policy Debate,” @Cato.org

May 17, 2016, “Why Hillary Clinton Will Be a Foreign Policy Nightmare,” @NationalInterest.com

May 13, 2016, “Foreign Policy and the Failure of the Marketplace of Ideas, “@Cato.org

April 29, 2016, “The Challenges of Restraint,” @Cato.org

April 19, 2016, “Why Fight the ‘Long War’?” @HuffingtonPost

April 19, 2016, “Libya and the Five Stages of U.S. Intervention,” @NationalInterest.org

April 4, 2016, “Trump Is the Ignorant Candidate Ignorant Americans Deserve,” @ForeignPolicy.com

March 26, “To Reduce ISIS Threat, U.S. Should Pull Out of the Middle East,” @Newsweek.com

March 22, “Responding to Brussels,” @Cato.org

March 16, “Millennials Not Scared of Outside World,” @CNN.com

March 14, “Candidates Should Start Thinking about Taiwan,” @RealClearDefense

February 26, 2016, “Trump Tells Us How He’ll Harm America,” @The Federalist

February 24, 2016, “Obama’s Gitmo Closure Plan Runs into the Sand,” @Newsweek.com

February 23, 2016, “The Politics of Gitmo,” @Cato.org

February 17, 2016, “The U.S. Should Stop Supporting the War in Yemen: The Moral Case for Restraint,” @Reason.com

February 11, 2016, “Past as Prologue? What North Korea Teaches Us about Iran’s Nuclear Program,” @TheDiplomat.com

February 4, 2016, “The Best Defense Is a Good…Defense,” @HuffingtonPost.com

January 28, 2016, “Why It’s So Hard to Leave Afghanistan” @NationalInterest.org

January 21, 2016, “Looking for Moderates in All the Wrong Places,” @RealClearDefense

January 7, 2016, “Trump Versus the World,” @Cato.org

December 28, 2015, “The 2016 Presidential Candidate Intervention Meter,” @Cato.org

December 16, 2015, “Don’t Let Hawks Exploit Terrorism Fears,” @CNN.com

December 1, 2015, “Obama Should Stay Out of the Turkey-Russia Crisis,” @Time.com

November 25, 2015, “Dear Mr. President: It’s Time to Ignore the Polls on Syrian Refugees,” @Cato.org

November 23, 2015, “Paris Changed Nothing. We Still Have Every Reason to Welcome Syrian Refugees,” @Cato.org

November 6, 2015, “Syria Will Be the Next Vietnam-Style War If Obama Doesn’t Learn from History,” @TheGuardian.com

November 5, 2015, “Afghanistan Echoes Vietnam Again – As the ‘Credibility Gap’ Looms,” @NationalInterest.org

October 21, 2015, “Let Syrian Refugees In – All of Them,” @theatlantic.com

September 29, 2015, “To Russia with Love: Why Obama Should Be Glad Russia is Getting Involved in Syria,” @Cato.org

September 23, 2015, “Is the World Really on Fire? The GOP Wannabes Think So,” @Newsweek.com

September 21, 2015, “The Interventionist Itch,” @Cato.org

September 21, 2015, “A World on Fire?” @Cato.org

September 8, 2015, “Five Problems with the “Secret” Drone Campaign in Syria @Cato.org

September 4, 2015, “The U.S. Obsession with Victory Is Dangerous,” @ Time.com

July 27, 2015, “Millennials Support Iran Deal,” @ Philadelphia Inquirer

June 24, 2015, “Millennials on Foreign Policy: More Cooperation, Less Use of Force,” @ Newsweek

May 21, 2015, “The Glaring (Ir)Relevance of Ramadi,” @NationalInterest.org

April 23, 2015, “Refuse Ground War with Islamic State,” @ Detroit News

March 17, 2015, “Republicans Will Win the Foreign Policy Debate in 2016, Unless They Blow It,” @ Huffington Post

December 23, 2014, “Soft Hearts and Hard Minds: The Enduring Challenge of U.S. Foreign Policy” @ Reason.com

December 8, 2014, “Not So Senseless Violence: The Strategic Logic of ISIS Beheadings “@ U.S. News & World Report

September 17, 2014, “Why Obama’s War Won’t Hold Its Popularity” @NationalInterest.org

June 26, 2014, “New Media, Old Problems in Human Rights,” @ The Monkey Cage

June 3, 2013 “The Ricin Letter Epidemic,” @NationalInterest.org

May 13, 2013 “Three Quick Thoughts: Intervention in Syria,” @ The Pandora Report

March 1, 2012 “Reagan Doctrine Redux?” @NationalInterest.org

February 22, 2012 “A Responsibility to Protect?” @NationalInterest.org

February 9, 2012 “The Truth Is Out There,” @NationalInterest.org

January 26, 2012 “Support for Whacking Iran: Who Needs Propaganda? ” @NationalInterest.org

January 19, 2012 “Foreign Influence in the News?” @NationalInterest.org

December 12, 2011 “On Dear Ears: U.S. Public Diplomacy and Iran,” @NationalInterest.org

December 6, 2011 “Foreign Policy on Hold?” @NationalInterest.org

September 19, 2011 “Ignorance, Ideology, and the Power of Propaganda,”  @NationalInterest.org

September 8, 2011 “Obama, 9/11, and the Group That Shall Not Be Named,”  @NationalInterest.org

August 30, 2011 “Why Can’t Obama Buy a Vowel?” @NationalInterest.org

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