Nothing better symbolizes the depressing foreign policy year of 2015 than the bromance between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. "Bromance," in case you aren't up on the latest lingo, means a close but nonsexual relationship between two men. Trump has been fulsome in his praise for Putin. He refers to the Russian leader as "a man so highly respected within his own co
People, aren't we better than this? Have we really become the Republic of Fear? Listening to Donald Trump, you'd certainly think so. His proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country was only the latest of an endless series of ugly and bigoted tirades meant to stoke fear and anger. Yet adoring thousands still flock to his rallies.
They lied. Is anyone shocked? A much-awaited final report by the United Nations' nuclear inspection agency on Iran's past nuclear activities has concluded that Iran worked on a nuclear weapons program until 2009 - although Tehran still insists its nuclear-energy program is peaceful.
How should the United States respond to Islamic State attacks in Paris? The response from the Republican presidential candidates has been to whip up hysteria over Syrian refugees and hostility toward all Muslims - with rhetoric so repulsive that it shames the country. Ben Carson likened refugees to "rabid dogs," while Donald Trump said he would "absolutely" create a database to track Muslims inside the country.
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.