The point of a strong NATO alliance – it was true during the Cold War, it’s true today, faced with a belligerent Russia – is not to engage in military conflict, it is to deter military conflict, through strength.
The triumph of Erdogan’s government means he has swept the board clear of any real impediments to implementing his radical policies.
The fact remains that Iran got tangible benefits by the lifting of the economic sanctions that benefit the mullahs directly and those who have favor with them. They don’t benefit the average people of Iran. They benefit the rulers.
For Americans outraged at the remoteness and unresponsiveness of government in Washington, understanding what British voters did in choosing Brexit provides considerable food for thought and debate before the November election.
Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.
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