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The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?

President Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy Airport, December 2, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president bets that a booming economy, a beefed-up military, and U.S. energy dominance will deter enemies without the need for preemptive invasions.

Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign sought to overturn 75 years of bipartisan foreign policy orthodoxy, especially as it applied to the Middle East.

From 1946 to 1989, the Cold War logic was to use both surrogates and U.S.

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The Crazy CrowdStrike Conspiracy Theory

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with President Donald Trump during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 25, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The suggestion that ‘the server’ is being hidden in some Ukrainian warehouse is straight-up bonkers.

The impeachment drama is already a three-ring circus, with a full complement of clowns to the left and the right.

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Our Untenable Alliance with Turkey

Boys wave Turkish flags as a military convoy drives near the border town of Akcakale, Turkey, October 14, 2019. (Kemal Aslan/Reuters)Turkey opposes, if not detests, almost every American ally in the region, and befriends almost every U.S. enemy.

There are about 5,000 members of the U.S. military, mostly airmen, stationed at the huge, strategically located air base in Incirlik, Turkey, northwest of the Syrian border.

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To Trump, Alliances Are Strictly Business

President Donald Trump participates in a formal signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Integrity’s got nothing to do with it.

‘Integrity lowers the price of capital.”

An extremely successful investor once told me that. The context at the time was Donald Trump’s impending takeover of the GOP. This person meant it as an investment rule, an insight into Trump, and a life lesson.

The investment-rule part is easy. Say you run a bank.

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Is America Becoming Sinicized?

A fan wears a LeBron James jersey with an NBA logo covered by a Chinese flag sticker during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, October 10, 2019. (Xihao Jiang/Reuters)China does not fool around.

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.

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In Syria Withdrawal, Trump Wings It — as Usual

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president continues to make up his foreign policy as he goes along.

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander-in-chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame.

Even if you think the Iraq War was a catastrophic blunder, it wasn’t immediately and universally recognizable as such.

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Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

Turkish soldiers stand near military trucks in the village of Yabisa near the Turkish-Syrian border in Syria, October 12, 2019. (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)Critics now upset about abandoning our Kurdish friends demanded abject withdrawals — and the abandonment of friends — in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces.

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The NBA’s Cowardly Response to China

Staff members clean the court floor before an NBA exhibition game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, October 10, 2019. (Stringer/Reuters)The league says it won’t compromise on its values, even as it makes clear that it has none.

The NBA says it won’t compromise on its values, even as the league makes it clear it has none.

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Keep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America

Iranian armed forces members march during the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2019. (Official Iranian President website/Handout via Reuters)And keep pumping that American oil and gas.

Expect more desperate Iranian efforts to prompt a U.S. military response in the Persian Gulf. Trump’s sanctions have cut off 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenues.

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