Responding to Mearsheimer's controversial essay blaming the West for the Ukraine crisis, McFaul and Sestanovich put the blame back on Putin and his ideological extremism, denying that NATO expansion provoked him. Mearsheimer replies.
Earlier this month, Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence made a pilgrimage to the Reagan library, where he tried to make the case that his running mate, Donald Trump, shared many ideas and traits with former president Ronald Reagan. I’m not a psychologist, so I don’t feel qualified to assess the extent of their shared optimism, and will leave it to economists to discuss overlap in their domestic agendas. But on foreign policy, there are almost no parallels whatsoever. Aside from a pledge to increase military spending, Trump’s national security policies have nothing in common with Ronald Reagan’s.
"Mr. Trump, NATO Is an Alliance, Not a Protection Racket" is from the July 25, 2016, Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Michael McFaul and narrated by Sam Scholl.