Fear Itself: Why Donald Trump’s “America First” Mantra is a Euphemism for “America Only”

Standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” Commensurate with his campaign rhetoric, this proclamation was followed by a description of the actors who have eroded American power under his predecessors’ rule: foreigners, the establishment, other nations, and a globalized economy. The Trump Administration’s guiding principle of “America first” is problematic for two reasons: it will not lead to the desired effect…

The Making of a Failed State: Lessons from the “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign in Libya

Libya once stood as the triumphant case study of Western intervention in the Middle East. In the immediate wake of the military victory, war advocates pointed to the ousting of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi as proof that their war was a success. Intervention opponents were mocked as the New York Times declared that Libya should be seen as a model of success for other Arab revolutions. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were applauded as benevolent visionaries for intervening on a “purely humanitarian basis” as they…