William Pfaff

For William Pfaff's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Is Israel headed for 'an abyss'?

Dec 26, 2014

Is Israel headed for 'an abyss'?

Settlement policies, military actions and now the Israeli national election in March and the U.S. elections in 2016 threaten to isolate Israel totally from the world of democracies.

Broken U.S. moral compass

Dec 19, 2014

Broken U.S. moral compass

The most disturbing and basic question with regard to the maintenance of Guantanamo and any one of the so-called Black Sites in recent years is why American officials seemed to want so badly to torture when to do so was known — even to ...

Dec 12, 2014

A rude awakening for America

The American pivot to Asia was the product of people in Washington who only think in terms of military power — as in trying to annex Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and the EU. There are new ways of thinking in China and even ...

Hagel leaves a Cabinet adrift

Nov 28, 2014

Hagel leaves a Cabinet adrift

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's real problem seems to have been to support too many wars for President Barack Obama and not enough for the Pentagon.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama is wrong on Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama needs to recognize that the crisis in Ukraine must be resolved in a manner that respects the dignity, and national concerns and interests of both sides.

U.S. government up for sale

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. government up for sale

The dominating significance of the midterm American legislative elections just finished has been the occasion's dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system.

Western nations' mastery

Oct 31, 2014

Western nations' mastery

A British scholar and former wartime army intelligence officer will tell you that there's nothing new about Islamic State, that it is in no way integral to the Islamic religion, and that it is a phenomenon that will pass.