Where H.R. McMaster Went Wrong
He built a storied military career by speaking truth to power—until that power was President Trump.
Rex, We Hardly Knew You. No, Really.An ignominious end for the most passive secretary of state in a century.
Let’s Talk About NukesIt’s great news if Kim Jong-un is willing to talk about giving up his nuclear weapons. But whether it leads to a breakthrough is up to the Trump administration.
The New Graveyard of Empires?Vladimir Putin’s grand ambitions for Syria aren’t working out quite as planned.
No Time to TalkTrump’s foreign policy is all military, no diplomacy. We’re starting to see the consequences.
No “Fire and Fury”There was less chest-thumping than usual in this State of the Union. But Trump’s foreign policy is still incoherent and dangerous.
Back Into the QuagmireThe good news is that Trump is listening to his military commanders. The bad news is that they’re leading him into disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Syria.
Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s GoneAmerica’s retreat from the world under Trump has shown why we’re still the indispensable nation.
Strategic ConfusionDonald Trump’s new National Security Strategy will baffle allies and delight foes.
The Free World’s LandlordTrump’s persistent attacks on NATO can only undermine America’s economy and security.
Worst Secretary of State Ever?Rex Tillerson’s nonsensical explanations for hamstringing his own department only made things worse.
The Finger on the ButtonThis week, Congress is asking the long overdue question of just how easy it would be for the president to blow up the world on his own.
Lost in AsiaTrump’s trip shows what happens when a world leader is set adrift in the world with no strategy or goals.
Summit SurpriseA meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un could be a major opportunity—if Trump actually prepares for it.
Don’t Buy Putin’s Missile HypeIf the Russians want to waste their money on fancy new nukes, let them.
We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Nuclear CrisisThe Olympics are over, and the high-stakes Trump-Kim showdown is no closer to resolution.
Mattis Goes NuclearTrump’s secretary of defense has recently adopted some dubious and dangerous ideas about nuclear strategy.
Nuclear PosturingTrump’s official nuclear policy isn’t that different from his predecessors’. That’s what makes it so scary.
The Thin Skin of John KellyThe chief of staff’s military background has helped him impose order on a chaotic White House. But his aversion to criticism from civilians makes him ill-suited for democratic politics.
Do Not Let Tom Cotton Anywhere Near the CIAThe senator is an extreme ideologue with the exact wrong temperament for the job.
Trigger WarningA congressional hearing underlines the dangers posed by an unstable president with unchecked authority to launch nuclear weapons.
Preview of Coming IndictmentsThe charges against George Papadopoulos suggest bigger names are on the way.