Soldiers: Effective and Influential Diplomats

It has often been written that the American soldier is our best diplomat.  Without judging the relative merit of diplomats, it occurred to me that I have never read an explanation of why this claim is made. Herewith, some relative thoughts. During the last year of World War II, towns in France joyously greeted American as liberators and with the …

Xi Changed My Mind About Trump

At first I had no idea why President Trump talked so much about sovereignty. I’ve changed my mind. To be more precise, Xi Jinping changed it. Mr. Trump is the only thing that stands between us and a world dominated by China. “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government,” Mr. …

NATO 2.0 Retooling for Cold War 2.0

By Alan W.  Dowd JULY 2019—The heart and soul of NATO is Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty: “An armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” Yet as the Cold War and the Soviet Empire melted away, Article V diminished in importance, and NATO reinvented …