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Published: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:40:20 GMT

 



Trump would be bonkers to listen to Blackwater founder's plan to use mercenaries in Afghanistan| Trudy Rubin
Hiring a mercenary army outside Pentagon control violates everything America stands for.



The alt-right mentality in the White House is responsible for Trump's moral failure in Charlottesville
So long as Steve Bannon is in the White House, he will fuel Trump's knee-jerk haste to attack those who oppose him and minimize any sins of extremist supporters.



To save Afghanistan, Trump needs new strategy toward terrorist-enabler Pakistan | Trudy Rubin
And for god's sake, ignore the advice of Eric Prince, the former head of Blackwater, the private security firm that ran wild and unfettered in Iraq, killing civilians and embittering Iraqis.



Trump team was making progress on N. Korea - until his 'fire and fury' blast
In the North Korea crisis, Trump's loose tongue could provoke an unintended war.



Rex Tillerson conducts diplomacy as if he were still the godhead of ExxonMobil | Trudy Rubin
At a time when skilled U.S. diplomacy is desperately needed to deal with North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria, Trump and Tillerson seem bent on dismantling our ability to act.



Worldview: Attacks on Sessions raise this question: What is Trump afraid of?
The president is desperate to drive Sessions to resign so he can install a flunky who will fire Mueller before his probe bears fruit.



Rubin, Trudy

Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.




In Poland, Trump shows ignorance of basic U.S. values
The president's choice of words, and of Poland as the place to deliver them, lay bare the real threat facing U.S. democracy today.



Worldview: Trump must join fight against disinformation
U.S. can follow lead of Europe, where some leaders are organizing agencies to thwart Russian efforts.



Where is the Syria strategy?
America needs a stable Syria so that a new jihadi menace doesn't take root. But Putin's main concern is keeping Assad in power with Iran's help, even if that means continued repression that will fuel a future jihad.