Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

How to Start a War in 5 Easy Steps

| Apr. 02, 2018

A brief checklist to know whether Trump is getting serious about attacking another country.

Is the United States on the road to war? The number of people who think so seems to be growing, especially after President Donald Trump fired several of the grown-ups who were reportedly tempering his worst instincts and proceeded to elevate hawks such as CIA Director Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations....

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen M.“How to Start a War in 5 Easy Steps.” Foreign Policy, April 2, 2018.

The Author

Stephen Walt