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.
Trump and Putin’s Cone of SeclusionIt’s not just unusual that there are no notes from Trump’s meetings with Putin. It’s unprecedented.
The Last Grown-Up Is GoneJames Mattis is not “retiring with distinction.” He’s resigning in protest.
Trump 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?
Trump’s Summit of FutilityThe president has all but ensured that nothing useful will come of the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires.
Trump Retreats From the WestThe president’s performance in Paris was a stunning abdication of global leadership.
Too 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.
Not Cyber Offensive EnoughThe U.S. could be doing a lot more to deter Russian meddling in the midterms.
Trump’s Saudi DelusionsThe president’s defense of arms sales to the kingdom isn’t just immoral—it’s inaccurate.
Trump Calls Out Election Meddling—by ChinaThis looks like an attempt to shift the blame if the Republicans lose badly in November.
Close, 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.
The Middle East’s Tinderbox Is Heating Up AgainThere are danger signs all over the region, and Trump seems totally unprepared.
The 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.
John Kelly Was Supposed to Bring Credibility to the White House. He Failed.No tears should be shed for the outgoing chief of staff.
The Problem With Trump and the TroopsThe president loves the military’s pomp and power. But service and sacrifice make him uncomfortable.
Could House Democrats Cancel the Pentagon’s Blank Check?Congress has a chance to exercise real oversight again.
Trump Makes a Run for the BorderThe president really wants troops to stop the caravan. But there’s not much for them to do.
Trump’s Missile MisfireThe president is rewarding the Russians for their bad behavior by pulling out of a key treaty.
Pompeo Helps the Saudis Sweep a Murder Under the RugThe message is clear: You can get away with anything if you flatter Trump’s ego.
Showdown Over IranThe stage is set for a dramatic confrontation at this year’s U.N. General Assembly.
Is Mattis Next Out the Door?Trump’s latest tweetstorm doesn’t look promising for the secretary of defense.