Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. It is an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays published under the bylines “Patrick L. Smith” or simply “Patrick Smith.” This work is now available in one place for the first time. The site also introduces my books and provides readers or those with professional queries several ways to connect. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

Recent pieces.

16_1205-11142016_trump_putin How Romney or Giuliani Would Shape Trump’s Russia Policy - December 2, 2016 2:11 PM - President-elect Trump’s behaving like a 70-year-old Hamlet these days: Will he or won’t he name Mitt Romney his Secretary of State? Or will it be Rudy Giuliani, David Petraeus, Bob Corker or an “outsider.” This is big and Trump must...
16_1205-military-diplomacy The Militarization of Diplomacy and Other Corruptions of US Empire - November 22, 2016 2:09 PM - In part two of our interview, former ambassador Chas Freeman gives a master class in foreign policy. Part one of my interview with Chas Freeman, the retired diplomat who served in senior posts at State and Defense over a career...
16_1121-photo-reuters-stringer Suddenly, Trump Has Three Middle East Crises on His Hands - November 20, 2016 1:06 PM - President-elect Trump, a novice in foreign affairs, was destined to confront reality. Who would have guessed that the Middle East is the first place he’ll have to get down to his first serious policy decisions? Even a week ago it...

Cú Chulainn.

        Ah! now he is running down to the sea…
             holding up his sword…
        O! he is fighting the waves.
                      ——Yeats, On Baile’s Strand

Journal Entry - July 5, 2016 3:17 PM - GALÁPAGOS—I can tell you a few facts about these nowhere-else-on-earth islands, but it would be impossible adequately to describe the experience of wandering for a week among them. Providing one pays attention, one leaves at the end of a time...
Journal Entry - June 8, 2016 4:05 PM - MOSCOW—“Information wars,” “alternative media,” “the end of the mainstream media”—my mind rattles with such thoughts after half a week here. I’ve been to conferences in Moscow twice in the past six months, and these have been the topics of my...