Analysis: Trump warning to Iran could backfire if he doesn’t follow through with some retaliation

By Jim Michaels President Trump’s stern warning after an Iranian ballistic missile test that the country has been “put on notice” risks drawing the United States into a conflict or making Trump look weak if it doesn’t follow through with some retaliation should Iran take another provocative action, foreign policy analysts said. Even those experts […]

The inevitability of Trump’s impeachment

By: Robert Kuttner President Ronald Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree ― as if he had been elected dictator. It doesn’t work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week! Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to […]

The danger of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council

By David J. Rothkopf While demonstrators poured into airports to protest the Trump administration’s draconian immigration policies, another presidential memorandum signed this weekend may have even more lasting, wide-ranging and dangerous consequences. The document sounds like a simple bureaucratic shuffle, outlining the shape the National Security Council will take under President Trump. Instead, it is […]

if Trump succeeds, the republic fails

By Wendy Kaminer Now that season one of our political surreality show has ended with Donald Trump’s inauguration, we anxiously await the denouement of season two. Trump’s first year in office has, no doubt, been carefully scripted, but he may be as surprised by its twists and turns as he was unprepared for the presidency. […]

The Dangerous Rise of Populism

By: Kenneth Roth Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights limit what a state can do and impose obligations for how a state must act. Yet today a new generation of populists is turning this protection on its head. Claiming to speak for “the people,” they treat rights as an […]

Comey cannot be trusted with a Trump-Russia investigation

By Matthew Miller It was always going to be difficult for FBI Director Jim Comey to oversee an investigation into ties between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Thursday’s announcement that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General will investigate Comey’s conduct during last year’s presidential election makes it impossible. As director of the […]

America’s ‘democratic faith’ dims overseas

By Anne Applebaum “We are following a foreign policy which is the outward expression of the democratic faith we profess. We are doing what we can to encourage free states and free peoples throughout the world, to aid the suffering and afflicted in foreign lands, and to strengthen democratic nations against aggression.” — Harry S. […]

If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian spy?

By Kathleen Parker First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii […]

Syria is a stain on Obama’s legacy

By David Greenberg Barack Obama’s impending departure from the White House has put many Americans in an elegiac mood. Despite an average approval rating of only 48 percent, the lowest, surprisingly, of our last five presidents, he has always been beloved, if not revered, by the scribbling classes. Just as many prematurely deemed George W. Bush the […]