Venezuela Isn’t Just a Failed State. It’s a Failure of the Left

By Tyler Cowen As Venezuela careens toward a further economic and political collapse, the blame game is heating up. In the U.S., Republicans are labeling the country “socialist,” using Venezuelan problems as a weapon against more left-leaning Democrats. Commentators on the left, in contrast, are arguing that Venezuela is more of a failed petro-state with bad […]

President Trump is entering his terrible twos

By Dana Milbank He shuts down the government, maybe for “years.” He wants a wall that is “transparent,” then concrete, then slatted, then steel. One moment he’s leaving Syria, the next he isn’t. He’s watching too much TV and yelling at everyone. This is all to be expected. President Trump is entering his terrible twos. […]

How a president shapes the public character

By : Mitt Romney The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a […]

Trump’s order abandons 10,000 Kurds who fought ISIS

“This is something immoral, leaving your ally in the battle alone,” a Syrian Kurdish leader said. By David Ignatius The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President’s Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and leave America’s allies […]

Why Kill Jamal Khashoggi?

The most charitable interpretation is that this was an abduction that went horribly wrong. By Karen Elliott House The case of the vanished and apparently murdered Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi is a tale with a victim and villains, but no heroes. Mr. Khashoggi, a longtime retainer of the Saudi royal family and more […]

Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court

It’s time America woke up to the radical right that’s run the Court for years. By Matthew Yglesias Brett Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation as an associate justice of the Supreme Court has prompted not only exuberance and anger but also a kind of hazy worry in some corners that the circumstances of his ascension will call […]