Doyle McManus

Doyle McManus is Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has been a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, a White House correspondent and a presidential campaign reporter, and was the paper’s Washington bureau chief from 1996 to 2008.

Once a year, Trump’s not himself. And that’s OK.

Here’s an unsentimental explanation for the president’s once-a-year excursions into rhetorical conciliation and bipartisanship. It’s not the majesty of the moment. It’s smart political strategy.

Trump wants to leave Syria. Easier said than done.

The question bedeviling the Trump administration is how to continue pursuing American interests in Syria — the suppression of terrorism and the containment of Iran — after complying with the president’s order to leave.

Drop in foreign-inspired terror could spark changes

Are we quietly winning the war on terror — but are afraid to admit it?