Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal: What Will History Say?

This article appeared in 1945 on September 7, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton September 7, 2021 Debates about America’s exit from Afghanistan, both the underlying withdrawal decision and its execution, will, with good reason, roil U.S. politics for years. Starting now, however, the critical question is: are we more secure […]

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Russia and China Eye a Retreating U.S.

Beijing will push for more sway in Pakistan; Moscow will try in Central Asia’s former Soviet republics. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on August 30, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton 
August 30, 2021 America’s retreat from Afghanistan is ending tragically—and that has sweeping strategic implications. One […]

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The time for equivocating about a nuclear-armed, Taliban-friendly Pakistan is over

This article appeared in The Washington Post on August 24, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton 
August 24, 2021 Many profound ramifications of America’s exodus from Afghanistan are competing for attention. Among the top challenges, Pakistan’s future stands out. For decades, Islamabad has recklessly pursued nuclear weapons and aided Islamist […]

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Afghanistan: was it worth it?

Declinists should think long and hard about the implications of a real “coming home” of American power This article appeared in The Daily Telegraph on August 18, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton 
August 18, 2021 The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan have left many wondering whether the “20 year war” […]

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Joe Biden’s bungled Afghan exit is a calamity for America and the West

There was an alternative to following Trump’s policy. Now our enemies will look to exploit our weakness This article appeared in The Daily Telegraph on August 16, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton 
August 16, 2021 The rapidity with which the Taliban has effectively seized control of Afghanistan has stunned and […]

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Israel’s (and America’s) imminent UNESCO mistake

This article appeared in The Daily News on August 3, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton
 August 3, 2021 Is it possible that Israel’s fragile governing coalition and Joe Biden’s administration will rejoin the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)? Apparently so, according to recent media reports. If true, such […]

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How the West could topple the ayatollahs

The UK is in a unique position to unite the anti-Iran coalition around new expanded sanctions This article appeared in The Daily Telegraph on August 10, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton
 August 10, 2021 Boris Johnson is facing critical decisions on Iran. On July 30, an Iranian drone attacked the […]

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Defense Threats in Cyberspace

This article appeared in The National Review on July 29, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 29, 2021 Cybersecurity is now a commonplace, much discussed topic. Strategic adversaries (China and Russia), proliferators and state sponsors of terrorism (Iran and North Korea), terrorist networks, and criminal enterprises all threaten us. Pundits […]

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Foreign Policy Returns to Normal, for Both Better and Worse

Republicans are suddenly tougher than Democrats on Russia and China. The Trump era is truly over. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on July 27, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 27, 2021 The politics of American foreign policy are reverting to their modern norms, illustrated by […]

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Of Biden, Trump, and alliances

This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on July 15, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 15, 2021 Washington’s current conventional wisdom on the utility and viability of America’s alliances is “Trump bad, Biden good.” The idea being: Former President Donald Trump harmed our partnerships, formal and informal alike; allies doubted […]

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