War Stories
War Stories

Trump’s Star Wars Fantasy

The president is proposing the most ambitious and costly missile defense system since the Reagan era. It won’t make us any safer.

Jan. 14 2019 1:37 PMTrump and Putin’s Cone of SeclusionIt’s not just unusual that there are no notes from Trump’s meetings with Putin. It’s unprecedented.
Jan. 7 2019 2:12 PMAre We Actually Getting Out of Syria?The president keeps contradicting his advisers—and himself.
Dec. 20 2018 7:40 PMThe Last Grown-Up Is GoneJames Mattis is not “retiring with distinction.” He’s resigning in protest.
Dec. 13 2018 4:15 PMTrump Argues Both Sides of the Defense Spending DebateWhy would the president who hates NATO and wants to be friends with Putin want a $750 billion military?
Nov. 30 2018 10:45 AMTrump’s Summit of FutilityThe president has all but ensured that nothing useful will come of the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires.
Nov. 12 2018 3:39 PMTrump Retreats From the WestThe president’s performance in Paris was a stunning abdication of global leadership.
Oct. 31 2018 4:41 PMToo Little Too Late in YemenPompeo and Mattis finally say they want to end the devastating conflict. But they’re far from getting serious about it.
Oct. 24 2018 2:19 PMNot Cyber Offensive EnoughThe U.S. could be doing a lot more to deter Russian meddling in the midterms.
Oct. 18 2018 5:45 PMThere’s No Path to Victory in AfghanistanThere never was.
Oct. 12 2018 11:50 AMTrump’s Saudi DelusionsThe president’s defense of arms sales to the kingdom isn’t just immoral—it’s inaccurate.
Oct. 4 2018 4:50 PMPompeo’s Doomed Mission to PyongyangThe secretary of state is being set up to fail in North Korea.
Sept. 26 2018 11:40 AMTrump Calls Out Election Meddling—by ChinaThis looks like an attempt to shift the blame if the Republicans lose badly in November.
Sept. 19 2018 11:54 AMClose, but No DenuclearizationA new agreement between North and South Korea makes clear that Kim isn’t giving up his nukes, and Trump isn’t interested in making him.
Sept. 4 2018 5:28 PMThe Middle East’s Tinderbox Is Heating Up AgainThere are danger signs all over the region, and Trump seems totally unprepared.
Aug. 28 2018 4:22 PMThe North Korea Peace Process Is All in Trump’s HeadIt can’t collapse because it doesn’t exist.
Jan. 10 2019 4:58 PMPompeo Attacks Obama and Defends Trump in CairoHis speech failed at both.
Dec. 21 2018 3:21 PMThe U.S. Should Withdraw From Afghanistan, but Not Like ThisTrump’s rash decision will only deepen the damage and disillusionment caused by America’s longest war.
Dec. 19 2018 2:56 PMTrump Looks for an Exit in SyriaA hasty departure could make things worse.
Dec. 8 2018 4:57 PMJohn Kelly Was Supposed to Bring Credibility to the White House. He Failed.No tears should be shed for the outgoing chief of staff.
Nov. 20 2018 11:22 AMThe Problem With Trump and the TroopsThe president loves the military’s pomp and power. But service and sacrifice make him uncomfortable.
Nov. 7 2018 3:16 PMCould House Democrats Cancel the Pentagon’s Blank Check?Congress has a chance to exercise real oversight again.
Oct. 29 2018 3:54 PMTrump Makes a Run for the BorderThe president really wants troops to stop the caravan. But there’s not much for them to do.
Oct. 22 2018 10:44 AMTrump’s Missile MisfireThe president is rewarding the Russians for their bad behavior by pulling out of a key treaty.
Oct. 16 2018 3:58 PMPompeo Helps the Saudis Sweep a Murder Under the RugThe message is clear: You can get away with anything if you flatter Trump’s ego.
Oct. 11 2018 10:44 AMThe Military’s Cyber Defenses Are in Appallingly Bad ShapeOur ability to win a war may be in doubt.
Sept. 30 2018 3:06 PMTrump Said What About Kim Jong-un?Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse.
Sept. 24 2018 3:20 PMShowdown Over IranThe stage is set for a dramatic confrontation at this year’s U.N. General Assembly.
Sept. 13 2018 11:56 AMFalse SummitTrump and Kim plan to meet again, but North Korea still won’t give up its weapons.
Aug. 30 2018 3:49 PMIs Mattis Next Out the Door?Trump’s latest tweetstorm doesn’t look promising for the secretary of defense.
Aug. 17 2018 12:02 AMSpy vs. PresidentThe nation’s top former intelligence officials come together to issue a stunning rebuke to Trump.