What Happened Behind the Scenes Before the Yemen Raid?We can’t be sure, but it was not a normal vetting process.
Trump Ramps Up the Narcissism in an Appalling SpeechHis visit to the CIA was supposed to reassure the intelligence community. Boy did that backfire.
Obama Was Right to Commute Chelsea Manning’s SentenceEdward Snowden should not expect similar treatment.
The Right Man for This Particular MomentGen. James Mattis is our last defense against a crazy, dangerous Trumpian foreign policy.
John Kelly Is a Trump Appointee Who Sounds Very Little Like Donald TrumpThe Department of Homeland Security nominee speaks out against torture and a border wall and in support of working with allies.
Is Mike Flynn Behind Trump’s Scornful Treatment of the Intelligence Community?Quite possibly. Or maybe they are egging on each other.
What, Exactly, Is Trump Getting at With His Comments About Nukes and an Arms Race?And is there a reason—or at least half a reason—to be hopeful?
What’s Good for Exxon Is Bad for the CountryDoes Rex Tillerson know the difference between corporate imperatives and national interests?
How Will Trump React to the CIA’s Claim That Russia Was Trying to Help Him Win? By lying about the CIA and his margin of victory, for starters.
Does Trump Want to Put Generals in Charge of Everything?And does John Kelly have what it takes to run a bloated bureaucracy like the Department of Homeland Security?
Mad Dog or Warrior Monk? Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Defense Doesn’t Fit Any Stereotypes.The good and bad of Gen. James Mattis.
Did the WikiLeaks Email Dumps Cost Hillary the White House?Maybe not. But in such a close race, every negative is a big deal.
Steve Bannon’s Presence on the National Security Council Is Not Just Terrible. It’s Illegal.The good news is that Congress can stop him.
Mass Confusion at the State DepartmentEven before Rex Tillerson is confirmed, veteran management officials have resigned.
Donald Trump Really Believes All Those Things He Said During the CampaignWe must hope that his Cabinet and Congress stand up to his terrible ideas.
Question Time for Rex TillersonSenators on the Foreign Relations Committee are wondering whether they can trust Trump’s secretary of state nominee.
Surprise! It Was Putin.The unclassified report on Russia’s meddling blames the man himself, not just “Russian officials.”
Mr. Unpredictable and FriendsTrump’s lack of policy experience makes it unlikely he’ll be able to settle policy disputes with his Cabinet secretaries.
How the U.S. Could Respond to Russia’s HackingEach strategy has its problems, but the future of democracy is at stake.
Just in Time for the Trump Administration, the FBI Has Expanded Surveillance PowersBe afraid. Be very afraid.
The Real Subject of Obama’s Final National Security Speech Was the Man He Wouldn’t NameThe president returns to old themes to send a message to Donald Trump.
Trump Has Not Changed His Mind About TortureThe transcript of the New York Times interview contradicts the paper’s own story.
The GOP Civil War Is Just BeginningFormerly conciliatory Trump skeptics are backing away from the president-elect.
We’re in Uncharted Territory With President-Elect TrumpThere could be major shifts in the global balance of power.