There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine,’ and That’s Okay

Doctrines should be evolutionary and organic.

These are confusing times to be a self-described “true believer” in Donald Trump and Trumpism. Trump’s most passionate supporters might not have yet lost faith in their redeemer, but he seems to have lost faith in them.

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There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine,’ and That’s Okay

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How Half-Measures Lead to Half-Nelsons

Podcast: Making a big deal out of baby steps.

On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the Trump White House’s move on the Iran deal, its declarations on health care, and its shifting policies on immigration and “Dreamers” and how they reveal that this revolutionary administration is actually engaging in half-measures that are designed to make everybody miserable. Give a listen.

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‘Never Again’ Is a Lie

This won't be the last time.

When does ethnic cleansing become genocide? If that tipping point has not already been reached in Burma, it may be coming soon.

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Everyone Owns the Iran Deal’s Deceits

The deal that cannot be undone.

From all the behind-the-scenes reporting, it seemed as though the Trump White House was of two minds on the Iran nuclear accords. The president wanted the deal gone, but his advisors feared that the risks of such a course outweighed the rewards for the United States. So President Trump gets to have it both ways.

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Trump Made the Right Move on UNESCO

The agency is a den of anti-Semites.

The State Department on Thursday announced America’s withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. As with everything that President Trump does, the move provoked journalistic anger and agony. Prepare for years of sob stories about UNESCO heritage sites neglected and aspiring developing-world scientists unfunded, all due to Trumpian unilateralism.

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America’s Crumbling Alliance with Turkey

False friendship.

America’s bilateral relationship with Turkey has suffered gravely in the months since Donald Trump became president. Dynamics that began years ago have intensified in recent weeks, resulting in a U.S.-Turkish relationship that looks more adversarial every day.

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