American History & Presidents

Breaking All the Rules

Breaking All the Rules

There is a time-honored tradition in American politics — a gentlemen’s agreement of sorts: Former presidents do not openly criticize current presidents, particularly on sensitive foreign-policy matters. Ex-presidents know intimately the difficulty of the job; they understand how much more … More>

Don’t Dally, Let’s Roll!

Don’t Dally, Let’s Roll!

Grand strategy on the international scale is not an American strength. Historically, Americans have been open, impatient, alternatively idealistic or pragmatic, and until the twentieth century isolated from serious external threats.

Still, successful powers from Rome to the British Empire … More>