William Pfaff

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

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

If the cease-fire and negotiation terms Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed with the country's pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast of his country and their friends in Moscow hold, U.S. President Barack Obama should thank him for an invaluable gift of peace to Americans ...

Aug 29, 2014

Is Berlin driving Paris to the brink?

President François Hollande has instructed his prime minister to form a new government — without those troublemakers who want to stop the economic austerity in Europe, or at least apply some flexibility, before it is too late.

U.S.-Israeli affair almost over

Aug 22, 2014

U.S.-Israeli affair almost over

Today the endorsement of Israel and financial support from the American Jewish community remain important but diminishing factors in American politics. Sympathies, especially among younger Jews, have moved leftward.

Aug 15, 2014

Obama needs to choose his words more carefully

Although U.S. President Barack Obama has made it clear that he does not intend to take the U.S. more deeply into the Mideast again, the U.S. is allied with and presumably counseling Ukrainian government forces that seem set on vanquishing what remains of the ...

Aug 8, 2014

A war is not inconceivable

Washington's demonization of Vladimir Putin has been so successful in the press, and it has been so secret about the American role in Kiev, that it has left the U.S. and EU public convinced that the Ukraine crisis has been the result of ...

Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Jul 2, 2014

History moves, but not always ahead

Victors of World War II find themselves unable to win the wars they wage against peasant societies. They combine self-righteousness with the perception of failure and decline.

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast policy crumbles

The Middle East has been torn apart by American invasions and attacks, and careless ideas about how to remake other peoples' lives. Iraq and Syria, as they exist today, may never recover from it.