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

This is how the CIA botched Iraq post-9/11: Bob Gates, careerist sycophancy, and the real history of the Deep State Patrick L. Smith
"Intelligent people know that the empire is on the downhill": A veteran CIA agent spills the goods on the Deep State and our foreign policy nightmares Patrick L. Smith
"Cruel bastards hang together: All you need to know": The world according to the New York Times Patrick L. Smith
Bernie Sanders and David Brooks, both wrong: This year of Fox News and Donald Trump-fueled rage can't be fixed by any candidate Patrick L. Smith
He's made the Middle East worse: Let's be honest, Obama bears as much responsibility for this mess as predecessors who shaped them Patrick L. Smith
From bad to worse to delusional: The real story about Syria that the New York Times won't tell you Patrick L. Smith
Our glorious Thanksgiving unraveling: Race, protest, patriotism -- and the forming, finally, of a true American spirit Patrick L. Smith
Putin has bested them all: How has the Russian leader gotten the better of Clinton, Bush and Obama? Patrick L. Smith
They still want a new Cold War: What the New York Times won't tell you about Syria, Putin and the new battle against ISIS Patrick L. Smith
It's Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This is the history we need to understand Paris, ISIS Patrick L. Smith
We brought this on ourselves: After Paris, it is time to square our "values" with our history Patrick L. Smith
Bernie Sanders is a cruise-missile progressive: False hope, foreign policy and the stubborn endurance of American exceptionalism Patrick L. Smith
Judy Miller's ghost lingers: Putin, Syria and how the New York Times cheers on a new Cold War Patrick L. Smith
"Does anyone have a plan?" Here's how we fix decades of overseas neo-conservative adventurism Patrick L. Smith
This is not a democracy: Behind the Deep State that Obama, Hillary or Trump couldn't control Patrick L. Smith