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Telegraphing not strength but impulsivity

It does seem at times that Trump won’t be satisfied unless and until he has managed to prompt a nuclear confrontation with some nation — or two.

Millennials more traditional than we thought?

When it comes to the practical decisions of family life, conventional roles are strongly preferred.

‘Oh, never mind’ presidency’s fallout

In foreign policy, the nature of an action is a function of what the actor says about it.


OPINION

Army secretary pick can’t lead LGBT troops

Based on his repeated attacks on the LGBT community, Mark Green doesn’t seem capable of evolving and accepting all servicemembers as equals.


OPINION

The Trump team’s opportunity in Japan

On both security and economics, the Japanese are asking the United States to think bigger and more broadly about what could be accomplished.


OPINION

Will Trump sink GOP’s chances in Ga. race?

Georgia’s 6th District is being widely examined as a bellwether for 2018, because it’s a lot like many GOP-held districts that Democrats will target — ones in which Trump won by a very slim margin or lost, and ones that are heavily populated with college-educated white and suburban voters.

OPINION

Let free markets be part of visa solution

Attacking immigrants and demanding that companies hire Americans over people who are more skilled, as the president is doing, is the fastest way to destroy America’s competitive advantage.


OPINION

Focus on nukes, not Trump’s tax returns

The press, the Democrats and anti-Trump activists squander what little authority they have left when there is too much focus on the lesser issues of the day, even if they’re ones that can generate better theater and tweets.


OPINION

It’s dangerous to have so many generals in this Cabinet

Like it or not, Congress, the press, outside experts and even those pesky voters will criticize Cabinet officials. If the latter react with contempt and arrogance, they will only increase criticism and undermine support for their department.

OPINION

Happy for less laughter on N. Korea policy

Reviewing the fumble in the Clinton years helps explain how we got where we are and what we ought to avoid.


OPINION

Evictions ignore that smokers can’t quit at will

I know firsthand smoking isn’t good for anyone’s health. But a landlord shouldn’t be able to force a tenant to quit doing something that’s perfectly legal, that they’ve been doing in the privacy of their own home, just because it’s self-destructive — especially when a lot of people can’t just quit at will.


OPINION

A traffic stop at a time to battle sex trafficking of minors

To be in law enforcement is often to feel condemned to bailing an ocean with a thimble.


OPINION

Trump could learn from Harry Truman

What these two presidents have in common is the unique experience of coming into the Oval Office facing widespread doubts. What Truman teaches us is that character counts, especially for a president with low initial popularity ratings.

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  • OPINION

    Facebook lets streams of depravity flow freely

    Facebook still hasn’t come to terms with what it really is — a media company where people get their news and which, especially because of the year-old Facebook Live, generates news content.


  • OPINION

    Erdogan’s victory may come back to haunt him

    What Turkey needs is a good centrist alternative to Erdogan’s effective governance. Until that happens, he will continue to run the country — albeit with a mix of coercion and heavy-handed persuasion.


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    Trump will see voter backlash on immigration

    Trump won in 2016 by mobilizing the minority of Americans with anti-immigration views — but only because he avoided an offsetting counter-mobilization by the majority of Americans with pro-immigration views.


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    President can’t suppress business instincts

    There seem to be a fair number of people these days loudly complaining that the unpredictable presidential candidate named Donald J. Trump has become the unpredictable president named Donald J. Trump. Imagine that.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s populist revolution laid low by political realities

    Trump is still an experimental politician. His positions will depend on the needs of the moment.


  • OPINION

    Venezuela and the eclipse of US leadership

    Through three administrations — four, if you count the still-coalescing Trump team — U.S. policy has been to avoid the faintest hint of meddling in Venezuela, on the grounds that it would only serve the Chavistas, by allowing them to portray Washington as a foil.


  • OPINION

    Not enough of us understand how taxes work

    To be tax literate, citizens should understand that taxes are not just numbers and abstract principles, and they are not arbitrary.


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    How Trump can forge a coherent Russia strategy

    If such an effort is not already underway, an interagency team should be tasked with a thorough analysis of the current state of the relationship.


  • OPINION

    A case for preventing scraped knees

    The question for the Supreme Court is whether Missouri can demand an even stricter separation of church and state.


  • OPINION

    Have you no decency, corporate America?

    One can only believe the United Airlines episode has already shaken the airline industry to its core and will bring a realization of how far we have slipped since the days when the customer truly mattered. Let’s hope it won’t soon be forgotten.


  • OPINION

    Pence: The secretary of reassurance

    Vice President Mike Pence could not have known when he took off from Joint Base Andrews, Md., Saturday morning that by the time he landed in South Korea, the North Korean regime would have fired off yet another missile, raising tensions on the peninsula to almost unprecedented levels. But his response to the incident was on par with his rising role as the Trump administration’s unofficial secretary of reassurance.


  • Opinion

    Europe is still a superpower

    Europe today is a genuine superpower and will likely remain one for decades to come. By most objective measures, it either rivals or surpasses the United States and China in its ability to project a full spectrum of global military, economic, and soft power.


  • Opinion

    China is suddenly leaning on North Korea – and it might be thanks to Trump

    Something interesting is happening in China and perhaps President Donald Trump deserves some credit. For the first time, the Chinese government appears to have laid down a bottom-line with North Korea and is threatening Pyongyang with a response of "unprecedented ferocity" if the government of Kim Jong Un goes ahead with a test of either an intercontinental ballistic missile or a nuclear device.


  • OPINION

    Time for US to cut S. Korea loose

    Seoul could construct armed forces capable of deterring and defeating the North.


  • OPINION

    Kurds’ federalism formula likely key to Syria’s future

    A federal formula, whether formalized or de facto for now, is the only way to stabilize Syria, and the Kurdish template provides the model.


  • OPINION

    Team helps Trump foreign policy coalesce

    Trump is making gains because he has assembled a competent national-security team — and listens to their advice.


  • OPINION

    Trump wants Europe to buy more tanks and planes; Europe wants to share them

    When President Trump says America's European allies should boost their militaries, he means they should increase their respective domestic defense budgets. But European defense officials consider something else far more important than increasing spending: making their armies more efficient.


  • OPINION

    The Trump administration is evolving

    It remains to be seen if Trump’s initial reactions produce the substantive revisions needed to get his floundering administration back on course.


  • OPINION

    What the Freedom Caucus stands for

    The House Freedom Caucus is a rarity, a heartening political development: people giving priority to their legislative craft and institution rather than to a president of their party barking at them.


  • OPINION

    Trump has created a needed new status for toughness

    So, a U.S. president has met a “what-if” situation affirmatively and may have to go further. It’s a challenge each commander in chief faces in a volatile world.


  • OPINION

    Can US missile strikes effect change in Syria?

    President Donald Trump did the right thing, the necessary thing, in striking in response to the Assad regime’s gruesome gas attack on civilians. The test of his learning curve will rest on whether he recognizes the need to hold firm with Putin — and whether he will invest in a diplomatic strategy for Syria that leverages his military action.


  • OPINION

    Boors and bullies now exposed by retweets

    Well beyond defining deviancy down, as the great statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan once described our cultural devolution — we hardly know what it is anymore.


  • OPINION

    Tillerson put Trump on spot by calling out Russia

    Tillerson’s tough talk does not end the need for a full accounting of the Trump campaign’s role.


  • OPINION

    ‘Extreme vetting’ threatens Americans’ privacy

    Even if the true motive for extreme vetting is protecting the U.S. against terrorists, that laudable motive comes with constitutional limits.


  • OPINION

    What Trump’s attack on Syria did – and did not – do

    After the sarin gas attack with photos of babies gasping for air, Trump acted swiftly and decisively. But not, as critics fretted last year, wildly.


  • OPINION

    Trump can help cripple the Iranian regime

    We should target the clerical regime’s Achilles’ heel — popular disgust with theocracy. Human rights ought to be a priority for American Iran policy.


  • OPINION

    Justices can be great again after filibuster’s end

    Greatness involves risk, and the filibuster threat has helped keep judicial nominees essentially riskless.


  • OPINION

    How to stop companies that tolerate harassment

    By now, organizations have no excuse for not holding themselves accountable, but when they don’t, there are levers that can move them. What’s happening right now at Fox News is proof of that.


  • OPINION

    Experience America at the time of the Great War

    One hundred years ago, two events three days apart set the 20th century’s trajectory.


  • OPINION

    Thank Trump for enforcing Syria ‘red line’

    At this point, it would be good for Trump to press his national security team for a plan to destroy Assad’s air force entirely.


  • OPINION

    Trump doesn’t need Congress to strike in Syria

    Even 19th- and early 20th-century thinkers who considered a declaration of war to be important did not argue that it was constitutionally required.


  • OPINION

    Germans need to be ready to lead

    Over 80 percent of Germans want their country to participate in fewer military missions; 60 percent say Germany should be more reserved in international affairs more broadly. But this is not any other year.


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    Sissi's meeting with Trump was a success

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi had good reason to be walking on air this week. He received a warm welcome in the Donald Trump White House on Monday, in marked contrast to the attitude of the Obama administration, which in effect declared him persona non grata.


  • OPINION

    Frivolous case against the House intelligence chairman

    A complaint, brought by a handful of lawyers who have been harsh critics of President Donald Trump and by progressive activists like MoveOn.org, is a ruse, meant to distract from the bigger question of how the Obama White House was receiving raw intelligence reports on the activities of Trump and his advisers after the election.


  • OPINION

    Syria’s horror exposes Putin’s blame, global shame

    Russians may soon wise up and realize they can’t deposit Putin’s swagger in their bank accounts.


  • OPINION

    Syrian genocide now Trump’s problem

    Trump is now commander in chief. He must decide whether to continue our passive approach and watch continued genocide unfold or whether we chart a new course.


  • OPINION

    Misinformation, our new national scourge

    In today’s therapeutic culture, which seems designed to validate every opinion and feeling, there will rarely be disagreement without anger between thin-skinned people who cannot distinguish the phrase “you’re wrong” from “you’re stupid.”


  • OPINION

    The new party of ‘no’ can paralyze DC

    After years of failing at the grown-up business of passing legislation, small wonder the Democrats would like to let the Republicans have a try at being the adults in the room. In politics, saying “no” is a great deal of fun.


  • OPINION

    What qualifies Trump’s kin to hold top posts?

    What message does it send to all the people who’ve spent their lives devoted to or preparing for public service?


  • OPINION

    Give public more time to look into Cabinet picks

    Just as presidential candidates cannot leave their party’s convention without having selected a vice president, neither should they leave without selecting the rest of their vital executive team.


  • OPINION

    How Trump, Xi could stumble into war

    We are certain to see a succession of confrontations between China and the United States in the years ahead. What is in doubt is whether the leaders of these two great powers can manage these confrontations without escalating them to war. For now, that’s up to Trump and Xi.


  • OPINION

    Russian subway attack’s lesson for the West

    Curbs on liberty and privacy in the name of security won’t stop terrorism.


  • OPINION

    Civil liberties eroding, one TSA search at a time

    The lack of resistance to being manhandled in the name of security is a slippery slope, folks. And we’re sliding down it fast.


  • OPINION

    Obama aide sought names of Trump associates in intel

    White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.


  • OPINION

    Senate better-equipped to probe Russia

    The House, except for impeachment, never has been good in delving into possible scandals of this size. Members who face election every two years are too vulnerable to partisan influence.


  • OPINION

    Trump critics, relax about Mar-a-Lago visits

    Will Trump’s golf hurt the country? No. Will it help Trump’s adversaries? If they know an opportunity when they see one.


  • OPINION

    For Russia (or anything), commission route is complicated

    The record of commissions isn’t so strong that it is a slam-dunk case that we need one now. Some have been shallow, partisan or interfered with criminal prosecutions. Others met pressing national needs.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s bully pulpit is nothing like Teddy’s

    Today, the bully pulpit of the American presidency commands more attention than ever before in a wide, wide wireless world. But it is not always the sort of attention audiences consider positive, and certainly not noble.


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    Why words we use about terrorism matter

    The most savvy, and therefore successful, jihadist groups rarely refer to themselves as “Islamists” or “jihadists” or, for that matter, as “Salafists,” choosing instead terms such as “Sunni,” “Muslim” and “monotheist” which have more historical resonance with local populations.


  • OPINION

    Trump turning page in fighting terrorists

    The White House may not yet have formally agreed on an anti-Islamic State strategy, but their incremental choices are adding up to a coherent approach that departs from the Obama approach in four important ways.


  • OPINION

    US troops not trained to take the literal high ground

    In the near future, our troops could well be deployed to high terrain in the Middle East, Central Asia and beyond. They need to know how to fight in these environments — so that, quite simply, they don’t get killed.


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    About that ‘new approach’ to N. Korea …

    Someone forgot to tell Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that a new administration promising a new approach it can’t quite articulate is, in fact, the old approach.


  • OPINION

    GOP interests not the same as Trump interests

    Moderate Republicans from the Northeast deserted the president for a simpler reason: they fear their voters more than they fear him.


  • OPINION

    Health care not Trump’s biggest failure

    Why didn’t Trump start with infrastructure and cooperation?


  • OPINION

    My country needs more help from the US

    Iraqis want what most of the world takes for granted: the opportunity to live in dignity and build better lives for our children.


  • OPINION

    Close-up look at face-recognition technology

    You may brush off modern privacy invasions. Perhaps you have nothing to hide. But do you resemble someone who does?


  • OPINION

    Superweapons are powerful, but too expensive to use

    It costs the West an unconscionable amount of money to combat even the most basic ad-hoc threats.


  • OPINION

    Iraqi Kurds make case for independence

    Once the Islamic State caliphate is defeated, the future of the fractured Iraqi state will hang in the balance. The only way for Iraqi leaders to hold the country together is to decentralize.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s promises at odds with GOP policies

    Despite a sinking overall job approval rating, polls and anecdotal evidence show Trump’s political base retains its confidence in him. But his public comments are undercutting respect for his presidency at home and abroad.


  • OPINION

    Trump’s options in the war on terror

    Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a thoughtful assessment of what President Donald Trump’s approach to combating terrorism looks like. The bottom line: It looks a lot like President Barack Obama’s.


  • OPINION

    Neil Gorsuch steals a week of uncertainty

    Amid much bluster and box-checking by senators on both sides of the aisle, Gorsuch continued to remind everyone why his peers, especially other judges, consider him as qualified as anyone could possibly be.


  • OPINION

    Senators, not nominees, tip their hands at hearings

    Whether senators learn anything or not, attentive viewers can learn quite a bit about the Supreme Court by watching the hearings.


  • OPINION

    Mattis and Tillerson, secretaries of stabilization

    They have both led big organizations under pressure, and they know what command is.


  • Opinion

    Photo scandal shows why it's time to stop treating servicemembers like saints

    The American people largely venerate their servicemembers. There is nothing wrong with this. These men and women sign their lives away in exchange for low pay and generous benefits mired in bureaucracy. In times of war, they face uncertainty and sacrifices that would make most Americans quail. These people are not saints, though.


  • OPINION

    Trump plan doesn’t overhaul bureaucracy

    If Trump wants to fix it, hurrah. But he’s going about it the wrong way — with a blunderbuss of a budget plan and a reorganization order that, so far, is almost completely content-free.


  • OPINION

    Schumer’s unrelenting resistance thrills conservatives

    Schumer is not only pushing Trump to the right but also helping Republicans consolidate and grow their congressional majorities — by further alienating once-reliably Democratic blue-collar voters who abandoned the party in the last election.


  • OPINION

    Trump foreign policy: Escalate to de-escalate

    It’s a strategy Trump used in business for decades — confront an adversary brashly and publicly to get the upper hand before striking a deal.


  • OPINION

    Hey, soldier, you might want to cut that caffeine

    As if the threats of terrorist ambushes, booby traps and truck bombs weren’t enough, one military expert thinks U.S. troops abroad are facing another potent risk — one that comes in 8-ounce cans.


  • OPINION

    We need to figure out who counts as an adult

    The fact that any age of maturity we choose will necessarily seem arbitrary shouldn’t blind us to the common-sense wisdom of having a uniform one.


  • OPINION

    Make ethanol prominent in US energy policy

    As a veteran, I would prefer to spend our energy dollars in the Midwest, not the Mideast.


  • OPINION

    Democrats have an immigration problem

    Democrats cannot win back the presidency without attracting people who disagree with some of their views. Doing that does not mean singing the same old songs louder and more clearly.


  • OPINION

    Conventional wisdom: Leave the Constitution alone

    Given today’s politics, who could be sure that nothing crazy would be successfully proposed, and quite possibly ratified?


  • OPINION

    Yelling ‘racist’ in a crowded nation

    I’m as happy as anyone to dismiss extremists of any sort as this -ist or that -phobe. But such labeling seems both facile and unproductive.


  • OPINION

    Fellow vets want Zinke to protect Bears Ears

    I hope that Zinke will not only keep existing national monuments on the books, but start conditioning his heart and soul to identify new places worthy of conservation through the Antiquities Act.


  • OPINION

    Seeking a normalized Trump has benefits for all sides

    The atmosphere of constant crisis and hyperbole is bad for the mental health of the nation and could lead us places we find it hard to return from.


  • OPINION

    Why we need more forces in Afghanistan

    Weary as some Americans may be of this long conflict, it is imperative that we see our mission through to success.


  • OPINION

    Surprisingly speaking as one on immigration

    To us, immigration is not just a political issue that we observe from afar — it is intimately woven into every aspect of our lives.


  • OPINION

    Not all people get to juggle for the cops

    Citizens should be able to rely on consistency from law enforcement officials, so that they’re not left guessing about what type of cop is pulling them over.


  • OPINION

    Like in Wis., voters will reward GOP if promises kept

    The worst possible outcome will be for Republicans to break their word and do nothing.


  • OPINION

    Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?

    Can Trump succeed in remaking the Republican Party in his populist image? Or will the more traditional conservatives who lead the GOP majority in Congress domesticate the president and limit his agenda to the parts they like?


  • OPINION

    Keep the wolf from the door for Alaskan wildlife

    What are wildlife refuges, after all, if not refuges for wildlife?


  • OPINION

    Have 20 million gained coverage under ACA?

    There is no precise head count of how many people have gained coverage because of the law. And it is downright impossible to reliably estimate the number of people who might lose coverage if Congress repeals and replaces it.


  • OPINION

    A ‘safe space’ for America’s foundational principles

    One thing we know is that what America’s Founders considered self-evident truths should be studied by future leaders because, as historian Daniel Boorstin said, “Trying to plan for the future without knowing the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”


  • OPINION

    Special prosecutor should probe all parties

    Democrats assume only Republican oxen will get gored by a special prosecutor, but the record suggests they would get caught up too.


  • OPINION

    The Trump-Putin jokes hit a nerve with GOP

    Despite its serious nature, the Trump-Putin relationship continues to provide comic fodder, on late-night TV and at events like Gridiron.


  • OPINION

    Cuba, US still influence each other

    To say that Cuba consistently punches above its weight is an understatement.


  • OPINION

    Health care politics now favors the Democrats

    The prospect of betraying white working-class voters — many of whom, whether they know it or not, benefit from Obamacare — doesn’t seem to weigh on the GOP congressional leadership. But it might bother the White House.


  • OPINION

    iPhones aren’t why the poor lack health care

    To believe that poverty is a result of immorality or irresponsibility helps people believe it can’t happen to them. But it can happen to them (and to me and to you).


  • OPINION

    The harm in GOP’s health care bill

    Despite President Donald Trump’s stated goals of covering at least as many people as the ACA, with more-affordable policies, the plan put forward by the House on Monday would cut coverage for millions and make it more expensive for millions more.


  • OPINION

    Malaysia has more than 1 reason to challenge Kim

    Malaysia’s aggressive response isn’t just about the assassination. Arguably, its roots trace back to the flurry of criticism roused by the government’s response to the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, three years ago.


  • OPINION

    Trump making us all conspiracy theorists

    To be fair, Trump did not create the conditions for the rise of untruth. Through luck or design, however, he has exploited it.


  • OPINION

    The few, the proud, the sharing of nude photos?

    Do female Marines count in the devil dogs' lore?


  • OPINION

    Attack on Sessions is part of new McCarthyism

    The suggestion that Sessions was colluding with the Russians and tried to cover it up is preposterous.


  • OPINION

    US practices send guns, crime to Mexico

    The mechanisms that allow for guns to be trafficked within the United States are the same mechanisms that make it so easy for Mexican criminals to arm themselves.


  • OPINION

    In campus sex assaults, some guilty until proved innocent

    Our close examination of court records shows how the new mandates and procedures amount to a de facto presumption of guilt. It also shows that colleges are at best incapable of adjudicating allegedly criminal conduct, and at worst hopelessly biased.


  • OPINION

    Pence quietly becoming a foreign-policy force

    It’s a tricky balancing act, but if Pence can keep the president’s trust, stay above the internal politics and build out his portfolio, he will be able to continue to increase his influence.


  • OPINION

    What’s causing latest Trump outburst?

    Trump inadvertently emphasized that at the core this is about whether the intelligence community has discovered the president of the United States is compromised. That cannot very well be left solely to congressional partisans or to a Justice Department that reports to him.


  • OPINION

    Putin invented this toxic ambassador game

    As a new Russia-related scandal sweeps Washington, it’s impossible not to recall President Vladimir Putin’s efforts in 2012 to make meetings with the U.S. ambassador to Moscow toxic.


  • OPINION

    The truth about Trump’s worrisome war on media

    Enough Americans have witnessed or perceived media misinterpretations and bias to enjoy seeing its elite members handed back some guff, even crudely. And there’s now a vibrant, imperfect social media on 24-hour online patrol.


  • OPINION

    Good to spend more on defense, but do so wisely

    U.S. military leaders should moderate their appetite for a bigger force today to protect critical investments in cutting-edge capabilities that will determine whether we succeed on the battlefield tomorrow.

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