Stephen Kinzer

We’ve turned our attention to Latin America again. That’s bad for Latin America.

We’ve turned our attention to Latin America again. That’s bad for Latin America.

The US wars in the Middle East distracted us, for a time, from a destructive meddling closer to home.

In September, a US soldier on a road in Syria as a boy carried snacks to sell in the so-called safe zone on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. MAYA ALLERUZZO/AP

Trump’s real impeachable offense

Can Trump be deposed for being a bad president? Certainly not. Were his dealings with Ukraine so egregious as to justify his removal from office? Maybe. Should he be impeached? Yes — but not for any of the reasons his enemies cite.

Our misunderstanding of the hostage crisis still poisons US-Iran relations

Our misunderstanding of the hostage crisis still poisons US-Iran relations

A FEW WEEKS AGO, as I was giving a speech urging better relations between the United States and Iran, a man on the edge of the crowd began shouting in protest. Slowly I was able to make out his words. He was chanting a single phrase: “Hostage crisis! Hostage crisis! Hostage crisis!”

Condemning Trump on Syria? It’s “buffet outrage”

Condemning Trump on Syria? It’s “buffet outrage”

Several years ago, the United States hired Kurdish fighters to be our mercenaries in Syria. This month we decided we don’t need them anymore, and abandoned them to their fate. Turkey, which considers Kurdish militancy a mortal threat, quickly began bombing them. This set off a veritable orgy of indignation in Washington. It is a classic […]