Patrick L. Smith

Patrick Smith is Salon’s foreign affairs columnist. A longtime correspondent abroad, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker, he is also an essayist, critic and editor. His most recent books are “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century” (Yale, 2013) and Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World (Pantheon, 2010). Follow him @thefloutist. His web site is

John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov
Our Syria policy is still a mess: These are the dots the media refuses to connect Patrick L. Smith
Hillary Clinton
We can't have more of the same: The very real dangers of Hillary Clinton's foreign policy Patrick L. Smith
Ashton Carter
The Defense Department is ruining America: Big budgets, militarization and the real story behind our Asia pivot Patrick L. Smith
Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, David Petraeus
"This will stop only when the American people get fed up": American exceptionalism, the New York Times, and our foreign policy after Barack Obama Patrick L. Smith
Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld
"The scope of our failure": The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire Patrick L. Smith
Ben Rhodes
Did the New York Times just accidentally tell the truth about the Obama administration? Patrick L. Smith
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
We can't vote for either one: On world stage, Clinton and Trump present different, but serious, dangers Patrick L. Smith
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders
We are all just this screwed: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and our muddled, perverted democracy Patrick L. Smith
Donald Trump
Trump opposed Iraq. Hillary voted for war: Let's take his foreign policy vision seriously Patrick L. Smith
Hillary Clinton
She'll make Iran, Syria worse: What the media won't tell you about our foreign policy -- and how hawkish Hillary will pour the kerosene Patrick L. Smith
Donald Trump
What Donald Trump doesn't know might save us: He's unschooled, but at least he's no American exceptionalist or neo-con ideologue Patrick L. Smith
Brussels Attacks
We brought this on ourselves, and we are the terrorists, too Patrick L. Smith
Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton
It is urgent that she's stopped: Hillary Clinton's nightmare neoliberalism and American exceptionalism makes the world a dangerous place Patrick L. Smith
Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush
As reckless as George W. Bush: Hillary Clinton helped create disorder in Iraq, Libya, Syria -- and, scarier, doesn't seem to understand how Patrick L. Smith
John Kerry, Hillary Clinton
The real story about Syria and Libya: Behind a new agreement with Moscow, and the insidious way the New York Times protects Hillary Patrick L. Smith