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Ambassador John Bolton, permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005.<br>CHUCK KENNEDY/KRT

Bolton fits Trump’s desire to redo foreign policy

The man who currently heads the State Department, John Kerry, is in temperament and ideology Bolton’s opposite.


OPINION

Pearl Harbor and an ‘end to illusions’

As catastrophic as it was at the time, Pearl Harbor led directly to what some called “the American Century,” our nation’s long run of global leadership that not only redefined our place in the world, it redefined the shape of the world itself.


OPINION

Left-leaning papers too prominent in Stripes

A few thoughts to ponder in reference to the most recent ombudsman column and Stripes’ alleged left-leaning commentary pages.


OPINION

Trump’s loose talk has global reach

So far, the president has rebuffed State Department and most intelligence briefings. He clearly prefers to keep schmoozing as if he were still running a business or a TV show.

OPINION

Fighting voter fraud shouldn’t be situational

Just six weeks ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., penned an op-ed for The Washington Post dismissing any concerns about voter fraud and election insecurity as the whining of a soon-to-be-defeated Donald Trump. What a difference a month makes.


OPINION

Trump is setting a bad precedent. Ask Japan.

My advice to Trump is to not become a Japanese bureaucrat. Press Congress for explicit policies to encourage local manufacturing — if you can. But don’t resort to public shaming, back-room haggling and implicit threats.


OPINION

Shareholder-obsessed CEOs on notice

It’s one thing for a company to sustain a few days of bad headlines in the local newspaper when it decides to close a facility. It’s quite another when the president of the United States is not only willing, but from a political point eager, to make a federal case out of it.

OPINION

It’s time to ignore flag burners on campus

The current flag-burning outrage is entirely sparked by the actions of a tiny number of young people, possibly only three or four.


OPINION

Demographics mean trouble for NRA

It was not long ago that the gun lobby enjoyed support from both sides of the political aisle. No more. Now the NRA is a fixture of the right — and increasingly, the right wing of the right.


OPINION

What’s required to modernize Cuba?

When we visited Cuba in October, a month before Fidel Castro died, we found most Cubans’ excitement was tempered with a sense of realism. They understand that their country is not ready for an onslaught of Americanos.


OPINION

Boosting wages for US workers really hard to do

For most people, two things are paramount for their economic well-being — jobs and wages. A lot of discussion goes into how to raise employment, but increasing wages turns out to be a much thornier problem.

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  • OPINION

    A response to the pleas to shut up Trump

    The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s the season to tell other people to shut up. That’s my takeaway from the various events of last week. Let’s look at three.


  • Opinion

    Germany + Nazi denial = Austria

    Norbert Hofer, expected on Sunday to defeat Alexander Van der Bellen to become Austria's next president and the European Union's first far-right head of state, is a member of Austrian Freedom Party founded in the 1950s by neo-Nazis, which opposes immigration by Muslims and continued "rule by liberal elites."


  • OPINION

    Will Trump keep DOD high-tech weapons effort?

    The Pentagon has begun briefing key allies on plans for advanced weapons technologies aimed at offsetting Russian and Chinese military gains. But the next round of these discussions is on hold awaiting approval of the programs by the Trump administration.


  • OPINION

    The places climate change could empty out

    What’s certain is that extreme weather will only get worse, inflicting disproportionate pain on a relatively small share of the country.


  • OPINION

    Trump goes from accuser to promise-keeper

    Trump noticed America’s frustrated working class all year — and this week he delivered a response his soon-to-be predecessor insisted could only come from a magic wand.


  • Opinion

    Trump is surrounding himself with generals. That’s dangerous.

    Our founders embedded civilian control of the military in our Constitution for good reasons: They wanted to avoid a military dictatorship and limit the potential for military coups. "War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement," James Madison wrote in 1793. And so they formalized checks and balances by making the president the commander in chief while vesting Congress with the power to declare, regulate and fund war.


  • OPINION

    Americans don’t sleep enough, and it costs us $411B

    Sleep matters to all aspects of society, from an individual’s health to the success of the global economy.


  • OPINION

    Illegal immigrants won’t self-deport

    Pushing self-deportation is a tacit acknowledgment that carrying out aggressive sweeps to remove millions of immigrants who entered the country illegally is not politically realistic.


  • OPINION

    The man who couldn’t be killed has finally died

    There is a safe somewhere in the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va., that very likely contains a sort of tribute to Fidel Castro. It’s a Cohiba, the cigar favored by the Cuban leader, dusted with one of the world’s most lethal poisons — botulin toxin.


  • OPINION

    Why social media is a good fit for Trump

    Because all communication in a pre-literate culture takes place face to face, there’s a greater emphasis on verbal jousting. Of course, aggression and argumentativeness are key to Trump’s communication style.


  • OPINION

    No tears – or revisionist history – for Fidel

    Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge — and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either.


  • OPINION

    McCain could take role of bulwark against Trump

    If McCain clashes with the new president on some national security and ethics issues it likely would embolden a handful of other Republicans and wobbly Democrats to not be intimidated by Trump.


  • OPINION

    Don’t focus on what to call the alt-right

    Ultimately, words coined to obscure ugly realities usually end up absorbing whatever connotations they were meant to conceal. “Concentration camp,” after all, started out as a euphemism.


  • OPINION

    The enrollees who didn’t even need Obamacare

    Obamacare’s architects discovered, to their great frustration, that it was very hard to communicate much more than a handful of crude talking points to the public at large.


  • OPINION

    Mass internment was wrong in WWII, is wrong now

    My grandmother, Bette Takei, was incarcerated in Colorado, while her husband, my grandfather, Kuichi Takei, fought in an artillery unit of the U.S. Army in Europe.


  • OPINION

    Don’t drain swamp; fill it with right people

    Experienced and informed public officials are the immune system of representative democracy, the individuals best-positioned to resist the enervating influence of narrow special and corporate interests.


  • OPINION

    Kerry racing to stop siege of Aleppo

    Behind the scenes, Kerry is spearheading a process that seeks to stop the brutal bombing campaign that the Assad regime and its Russian partners are waging in eastern Aleppo.


  • OPINION

    I won’t legitimize illegitimate fears

    We the people elected a president, and while it might not be the president that everyone liked or was rooting for or could even stomach without reaching for the Dramamine, this man did not steal anyone’s votes.


  • OPINION

    Fidel Castro and dead utopianism

    With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies.


  • OPINION

    Damage done, Fidel Castro was irrelevant long before he died

    By the time his death at 90 was announced late Friday, Fidel Castro had become what he most feared during a prolonged and dramatic life — an irrelevancy, a living museum piece trotted out for ceremonial occasions, but no longer the man in charge of Cuba’s destiny.


  • OPINION

    Farewell to Fidel Castro, Cuba's brutal Big Brother

    One of the most brutal dictators in modern history has just died. Oddly enough, some will mourn his passing, and many an obituary will praise him. Millions of Cubans who have been waiting impatiently for this moment for more than half a century will simply ponder his crimes and recall the pain and suffering he caused.


  • OPINION

    The importance of a two-war force

    Americans have many expectations of their government, but foremost among them is that it will keep them safe. Indeed, in a recent survey, respondents ranked defense as the government’s highest priority. Unfortunately, the just-released third annual edition of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength has sobering news for them.


  • OPINION

    What about Russia's meddling?

    In assessing Donald Trump's presidential victory, Americans continue to look away from this election's most alarming story: the successful effort by a hostile foreign power to manipulate public opinion before the vote.


  • OPINION

    Why we hate us

    Through the widest lens of history, America since the 1980s looks like the most golden of golden ages. The peace and prosperity of this era is unparalleled compared to the rest of the world and the history of our species. Americans became healthier, better fed, longer-lived, safer, sent fewer young people off to war and forged one of humankind’s greatest technological revolutions. But through the narrow lens of our everyday lives, the picture has felt different and tougher.


  • OPINION

    Europeans anxious about Trump outreach to Putin

    The annual Halifax International Security Forum brings together senior Canadian, European, and U.S. military and civilian officials, and you can guess what was on everyone’s mind this year: What kind of foreign policy can we expect from President-elect Trump?


  • OPINION

    Fake news? That's a very old story

    Last week, The Washington Post reported that Paul Horner, "the 38-year-old impresario of a Facebook fake-news empire," believes he turned the election in favor of Donald Trump. For many, the claim signals an alarming turn into uncharted political territory. But fake news is part of American history. In fact, it goes back to the founding of the republic.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s thankfully going back on campaign claims

    America is a strong country, but it’s a fragile one, too. Trump says he wants to put it back together, but the job will be harder because of the damage he did himself.


  • OPINION

    Our 1st president had business interests, too

    When he was elected president in 1789, George Washington was one of the nation’s largest landowners. Most of his holdings were on the wrong (western) side of the Appalachian Mountains, though, and thus of dubious financial value.


  • OPINION

    Sasse’s conservative cause needs Brooklyn

    If he’s truly committed to restraining the “creepy” advance of authoritarianism, his most committed allies won’t be found hiding in the Republican caucus.


  • OPINION

    Still no good evidence the election was rigged

    Hillary Clinton lost because she got fewer votes where it counted.


  • OPINION

    The joy of taking it all in and giving thanks

    Here is what comes from reflecting on what’s right, for being grateful, for saying thanks, thanks, thanks. Higher spirits. Greater happiness. Even joy. More hope. More energy to fix what needs fixing.


  • OPINION

    Romney would enhance Trump team

    President-elect Donald Trump’s flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change into an evolving administration that could use some.


  • OPINION

    Can Trump bring peace to fractured Europe?

    Here’s a pathway to peace that our new president might follow.


  • OPINION

    The Middle East ponders how to deal with Trump

    Two issues facing Trump garnered special focus at the Sir Bani Yas discussions: The Iran nuclear deal and Trump’s willingness to consider allying with Russia in Syria.


  • OPINION

    Trump, Sanders remembered the working class

    Do not take people for granted, particularly those who might be less sophisticated than you. Do not place the Wall Street executive ahead of the policeman on the corner.


  • OPINION

    One American’s case for ‘socialized medicine’

    For what it’s worth, here is a brief account of my experience with a single-payer system in the face of a life-threatening crisis.


  • OPINION

    Facebook not only fake news pathway to public

    Rather than admitting the difficult realization of their own limits, many journalists are seeking to redirect blame.


  • OPINION

    Prioritizing panic buttons for Trump years

    Call this a semi-optimistic guide for the seriously distressed.


  • OPINION

    Why all of Trump's Washington loves 'Mad Dog' Mattis

    Democrats and Republicans, NeverTrump and NeverHillary, the alt-right and the wonky cucks of the GOP all agree: James Mattis for Secretary of Defense.


  • OPINION

    Former Sen. Jim Talent still in the mix for defense secretary

    This weekend saw a flurry of speculation that retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump's leading pick for secretary of defense. But inside the Trump transition, there's still a big push for former senator Jim Talent, R-Mo.


  • OPINION

    The problem with polls – and coverage of them

    Rather than a reliance on polls for evidence of dramatic or perceptible shifts in the electoral mood, the media would better serve us by reporting on the substance of whatever policies candidates or political parties might be advancing.


  • OPINION

    Trump plans to fire federal workers faster

    The public is the main beneficiary of civil service laws that also protect employee rights.


  • OPINION

    Mainstream media too important to write off

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell fake from true, or advocacy from propaganda, and therein lies perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.


  • OPINION

    GOP must value what Trump voters value

    If the GOP can change back to what it once was, it can enact the change Trump’s voters want and change America for the better.


  • OPINION

    America: More polarized, more inclusive

    Any polity that lurches from President Barack Obama to Donald Trump doesn’t have a settled idea about who it is.


  • MILITARY UPDATE

    Commissary suppliers irate over DeCA price demands

    Product buyers for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) are becoming very unpopular with many grocery suppliers.


  • OPINION

    Will Trump really purge Obama's generals?

    Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised to quickly get rid of the top level of senior military officers serving in uniform. But if Trump actually follows through on his plan to purge President Barack Obama's generals as his first order of business, he could provoke a crisis in civil-military relations at the very beginning of his presidency.


  • OPINION

    Why Trump might end up being a good president

    The idea that Donald Trump might be a good president seems as unlikely as the idea that he would win the election. Yet, as we see, strange things sometimes happen.


  • OPINION

    The Jeff Sessions battle ahead

    Within an hour of the announcement that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would be the president-elect's pick for attorney general, Democratic groups were fully mobilized.


  • OPINION

    Trump should create a genuine blind trust

    For the past 40 years, every president has placed his personal investments and assets in a blind trust while in the White House, or has sold everything and held cash equivalents.


  • OPINION

    Keep him out of court

    The new president appears doomed to be distracted by his private concerns. Fortunately, a solution is within our grasp. Congress can pass a law that would put civil actions on hold while President Trump remains in office.


  • OPINION

    Trump should listen to these 2 Cold War lions

    Before President-elect Donald Trump brings in the bulldozers to “drain the swamp” in Washington, I hope he will consider the career achievements of two people who embody the nation’s tradition of bipartisan foreign policy leadership, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft.


  • OPINION

    How Trump can calm jittery US allies

    As his first order of business regarding foreign policy, President Trump should reset relations with all U.S. allies before thinking about a reset with Russia or anyone else. Reassuring allies in Europe and Asia is actually low-hanging fruit: Three signals could change the negative dynamics in our alliance relationships overnight.


  • OPINION

    They interned my family — don't let them do it to Muslims

    There is dangerous talk these days by those who have the ear of some at the highest levels of government.


  • OPINION

    Where to look for covert Russian influence

    Stories of shady Russian influence abounded during the U.S. election campaign, but the evidence in them was often sketchy and the eventual benefits to Russia questionable. The European Union, for its part, is dealing with a scandal in which both the Russian connection and the gain for the Kremlin are far less nebulous.


  • OPINION

    How World War III could begin in Latvia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a clear goal and a grand strategy. But it’s not what most realists perceive.


  • OPINION

    Dems scramble to reshape organization

    Democratic gains at the state level in 2018 are absolutely necessary if the party is to influence legislative and congressional redistricting after the 2020 census.


  • OPINION

    Nothing’s sacred in the ‘post-truth’ America

    We have a bad situation here. A president who hates the press and will attempt to thwart it at every turn, doing his best to deny the public its right to know what he is doing, while fake news is being spewed all over the globe.


  • OPINION

    The suffragette who helps explain Clinton’s loss

    Clinton couldn’t shake the perception that her single-minded pursuit of the presidency made her coldly calculating, willing to sacrifice principle for power.


  • OPINION

    Did Clinton’s attacks on Trump backfire?

    Hillary Clinton’s relentless (and in my view, accurate) attacks on Donald Trump’s character may actually have made his supporters more entrenched.


  • OPINION

    Trump supporters had a point on rigged systems

    In all the multicultural theory I’d read, the straight, white Christian guy is the privileged one, even the oppressor. But it sure didn’t feel that way in this case.


  • OPINION

    Anti-Trump protests are counterproductive

    The protesters are telling Trump that, whatever he does, they don’t consider him their president. That’s hardly a message designed to extract a constructive response.


  • Trump’s hiring freeze not ‘thought through’

    Before Trump proceeds, he needs to know, as the GAO does, that freezes caused staffing problems, damaged recruiting efforts, disrupted government operations and lost money owed Uncle Sam.


  • OPINION

    Helping vets with career goals is rewarding work

    Positive change can only come through a better understanding of the veteran experience.


  • OPINION

    For evangelical, election brought a ‘soul abandonment’

    This election, I can’t defend my people. I barely recognize them.


  • OPINION

    Live by executive order, die by executive order

    The reason Obama’s legacy is so vulnerable today is that the 44th president relied more on executive actions — issuing not only executive orders, but also a record number of rules, regulations and agency directives to legislate around Congress and impose his agenda.


  • OPINION

    ‘Land of the free’ needed Fermi, other immigrants

    With the growing threat of sweeping changes to immigration policies, America’s place as a welcoming land of opportunity is more important to preserve than ever.


  • OPINION

    Who Trump picks sets foreign policy tone

    The top appointments matter because they will determine whether scores of Republican foreign policy professionals join or shun the new administration.


  • OPINION

    In Oval Office, Trump’s task takes shape

    From reality show to Oval Office is quite an unexpected career path. If Trump promised his fans they’d win so much that they’d get tired of winning, Trump may be weariest of all. Now what?


  • OPINION

    Clinton paid for not addressing her Mich. issues

    Bernie Sanders was in my district 10 times during the primary. How would any sane person not predict how this one would go? It was fixable for the general election.


  • OPINION

    Voters chose change, despite the form it took

    Despite derision among political cognoscenti, Trump followed his gut instincts to go after the forsaken Rust Belt with his Washington-is-broken, the system-is-rigged, restore-American-greatness message.


  • OPINION

    What happens now that the election is over?

    Much about how the future unfolds will depend on how Donald Trump chooses to govern.


  • OPINION

    A ruinous triumph for the Republicans

    Republicans are now convinced that they can forever prosper by capturing an ever-larger portion of an ever-smaller portion of the electorate.


  • OPINION

    Congress needs to help the VA

    In the more than two years I have been secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, I have come to appreciate how much the VA means to this nation and its veterans. I challenge the next administration to look beyond the headlines to our true potential and accomplishments.


  • OPINION

    ‘Obamacare’ repeal looks easy; replacing it isn’t

    Trump’s idea for an Obamacare replacement would re-create the very conditions that inspired “Obamacare” in the first place.


  • OPINION

    Dumb elites face revenge of deplorables

    Two things seem to loom large: first, that Hillary Clinton was an objectively bad candidate; second, that having chosen so poorly, Democrats came up with yet more ways to repel a large segment of the electorate.


  • OPINION

    Help veterans land another government job

    We must rededicate ourselves to helping more veterans and help federal agencies recruit, train and retain these talented employees.


  • OPINION

    The big secret to sustainable support for vets is community

    We must be thinking in terms of organizing support that will endure for years to come and deliver it in an even more comprehensive fashion.


  • OPINION

    Does the US military need a swift overhaul to maintain global superiority? No: Present forces can deal with any enemy

    One might think that with the Cold War a distant memory, taxpayers would not have to go into debt for these extravagant purchases.


  • OPINION

    Does the US military need a swift overhaul to maintain global superiority? Yes: US must remain top dog to protect others

    Our vital national interests are at significant risk, and shrinking the military further will only make matters worse.


  • OPINION

    Reality check for US exceptionalism

    It’s time to give up the hubris. The U.S. is a country like many others in most important respects. Everything that can happen elsewhere can happen here.


  • OPINION

    How Trump won: The revenge of working-class whites

    It was a “Brexit” moment in America, a revolt of working-class whites who felt stung by globalization and uneasy in a diversifying country where their political power had seemed to be diminishing.


  • OPINION

    What Trump’s foreign policy will look like

    Many analysts argue that by putting America’s interests first so nakedly, he may push many U.S. allies in Europe and Asia to make their own deals with a newly assertive Russia and a rising China.


  • OPINION

    Campaign journalism explained, not exposed

    The important part of the various WikiLeaks dumps is what you don’t see. You don’t see reporters lying, dissembling or fabricating.


  • OPINION

    Ukraine hackers embarrass Putin’s government

    The violence within Ukraine reflects a wider tug-of-war for alliance and influence between the EU and Russia. That competition also encourages NATO involvement, at least indirectly.


  • OPINION

    Obama administration misbehavior unpunished

    What are the consequences, if any, for these recent years chock-full of so much misbehavior, both public and private?


  • OPINION

    Duterte bandwagoning with China

    If the Philippines is realigning its foreign policy, there’s not much the U.S. can do about it. It’s foolhardy as well as impractical for Washington to entreat the Philippines to maintain an alliance it doesn’t want.


  • OMBUDSMAN

    Does Stripes pass the balance test?

    “Considering the content of your opinion page,” writes a reader, “you should change the name of the paper to ‘Hammer and Sickle.’ ”


  • OPINION

    I won’t move to Canada, even if Trump wins

    If any of you native-born Americans want to decamp to the Great White North after Nov. 8, I am happy to give you a field guide, but you will be on your own.


  • OPINION

    Russia may be wounded but can still bite

    Over the last few years, Putin’s risk tolerance has clearly grown.


  • OPINION

    Internet of Things a cyberwar nightmare

    The barriers to entry are becoming low enough that hackers no longer need the backing of a government to carry out crimes or even acts of warfare in cyberspace.


  • OPINION

    The case for long political campaigns

    Structural issues aside, shorter campaigns are a bad idea on the merits — because we need time to figure out who our presidential nominees really are, warts and all.


  • OPINION

    At Iraq checkpoints, victims terrorized again

    While I can fully understand the desire to bring Islamic State fighters to justice, this system is extremely dangerous.


  • OPINION

    China’s new jet looks impressive. Is it for real?

    There was a brief but impressive show of new U.S. aircraft technology this week. The problem is that the planes belong to the Chinese military.


  • OPINION

    Keep the brakes on Dakota Access pipeline

    The construction of a major crude oil pipeline under a river such as the Missouri requires thoughtful consideration.


  • OPINION

    Why didn’t Trump’s effective speech come sooner?

    What struck me most about the speech — aside from how well-written and delivered it was — was that it laid bare how simply Trump could have constructed a winning message in this campaign.


  • OPINION

    How to recover from an election that has made Americans angry and sick

    Election Day is quickly approaching, but the moral injury suffered by the inhabitants of this American democracy will not heal when the last ballot is counted.


  • OPINION

    A fitting sleaze sweepstakes final chapter

    Clinton, the ultimate author of her current agony, resembles no one so much as Nixon in her paranoia and joyless pursuit of joy.


  • OPINION

    Comey caves to the right’s lynch-mob mentality

    In case you wondered what life might be like under a Trump presidency, consider this a preview.


  • OPINION

    Get ready for 4 more years of scandals

    The Clintons are like the “Peanuts” character Pigpen — wherever they go, it seems, their own private cloud of controversy and corruption follows.

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