So, You Want to Invade Iran?

In my estimation, the costs of invading Iran presently outweigh any benefits. Trump should rein in Bolton and the others in his administration until a better strategy can be crafted.

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Julian Assange Was a Journalist and He Harmed America

Because of his antipathy for the United States, Assange made common cause with Moscow, whose leadership is virulently anti-American. We should be deeply disturbed by the excesses the U.S. intelligence community has exhibited in recent years — whether it be illegal surveillance or the despicable attempt to overturn a legitimate presidential election in 2016 — but it’s also important to understand that most people in the intelligence community are patriots. They are trying to defend the country as best they can (often in spite of turgid political leadership and sclerotic bureaucracies). Thanks to Assange, their ability to defend the United States from severe threats posed by China and Russia has been hampered.

America Needs a New National Security Act

“Fact is, since the original National Security Act of 1947 was passed, the world—and the requirements for national security—have changed immeasurably. Meanwhile, our most important institutions for national defense have only gotten larger (but not necessarily better at defending the country). They’ve become pigs—led by bureaucratic sheep—in a world of wolves. And pigs get slaughtered.”