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Killing Terrorists Is Not a Strategy

Trump’s Afghanistan speech gave little indication of how he plans to end America’s longest war.

Aug. 17 2017 5:37 PMUgly History Shouldn’t Be BeautifulWhat Germany can teach the U.S. about remembering an ugly past without glorifying it.
Aug. 14 2017 4:22 PMThe Real Nuclear OptionAmericans are disturbingly unbothered by the idea of striking first with nuclear weapons.
July 25 2017 2:37 PMTrump’s Insecurity Is a Threat to Our SecurityThe president’s worries about his own illegitimacy have caused a rift with intelligence agencies.
July 13 2017 4:56 PMWith Trump, Flattery Will Get You EverywhereEmmanuel Macron gives a master class in pushing the president’s buttons.
July 7 2017 4:24 PMHandshake in HamburgTrump got through his first meeting with Putin without any major gaffes, but the Russian president emerged as the winner.
June 30 2017 11:54 AMThe NSA’s Inadvertent Role in the Major Cyberattack on UkraineThe agency is watching as one of its hacking tools wreaks havoc.
June 19 2017 5:17 PMNo Strategy in SyriaA downed jet, a Russian warning, and a president nowhere to be found.
June 14 2017 7:45 AMRussia’s Power TripThe country’s “new” weapon for disrupting electric grids should be a wake-up call.
June 5 2017 6:22 PMHow Trump Made the Qatar Situation WorseIt was far more complicated than he could have imagined.
May 25 2017 3:34 PMThe Tussle in BrusselsTrump has created another unnecessary crisis by failing to endorse NATO’s core principle.
May 16 2017 3:52 PMThe Tarnishing of H.R. McMasterOne of America’s finest soldiers has been dragged into Trump’s swamp of deceit.
May 12 2017 5:45 PMWe Don’t Need More Reports on CybersecurityTrump’s new executive order is the latest in three decades of stalling.
April 26 2017 8:32 PMA Short Bus Ride to NowhereWhy did Trump summon the entire Senate to the White House to tell them things they already know about North Korea?
April 17 2017 4:31 PMYou Go to War With the Army You InheritTrump wants us to think he’s already expanding the military. That makes no sense.
April 7 2017 12:16 PMThe Morning After in SyriaHow will Trump finish what he started by attacking Assad?
Aug. 16 2017 2:06 PMChain of ConfusionMilitary commanders’ rebuke of Trump after Charlottesville points to a crisis for civilian control of the military.
July 27 2017 3:28 PMBrace Yourselves for Iran Deal RepealHow Trump could still blow up Obama’s crowning diplomatic achievement.
July 18 2017 4:49 PMThe Iran TrapTrump is stuck with Obama’s nuclear deal. And his efforts to undermine it can only help Tehran.
July 11 2017 5:53 PMTrump Has Nothing to Offer EuropeHis performance at the G-20 showed he has no interest in leading the Western world.
July 6 2017 5:54 AMTrump Meets PutinThis week, the president has to pull off the delicate feat of standing up to Russia without blowing up the relationship entirely. Worried yet?
June 21 2017 4:06 PMForeign Policy by TweetTrump is in no position to solve North Korea. We should be scared he will try.
June 15 2017 11:06 AMAn Abdication of DutyBy letting James Mattis decide U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Trump is proving once again how unfit he is to lead.
June 9 2017 7:10 PMWhat Trump Doesn’t Know Will Hurt UsThe GOP excuse about Trump’s ignorance will lead America to disaster.
May 30 2017 6:01 PMMaking Enemies Out of FriendsTrump’s special antagonism toward Germany is stupid and dangerous.
May 22 2017 3:53 PMTrump’s Sunni StrategyThe president wants America to take sides in the Middle East’s sectarian rivalry. That won’t end well. 
May 15 2017 5:24 PMContaining the InfectionWe can’t stop cyberattacks, but there are steps governments and companies must take now to limit the damage they cause.
May 8 2017 4:32 PMWhatever Happened to the Plan to Defeat ISIS?Defeating the jihadi group used to be Trump’s top priority. Now he seems to have forgotten about it just as the battle has reached its bloody climax.
April 25 2017 6:46 PMUnstrategic ImpatienceNorth Korea’s nukes are a long-term worry, not an immediate crisis. Trump’s belligerence could change that.
April 13 2017 4:52 PMReturn of the Madman TheoryTrump’s foreign policy is so erratic and unpredictable, it might just make the world more stable—for a very short time.
April 6 2017 1:52 PMTrump’s Blurred Red LinesThe president has threatened military action against two countries this week, with no plans to back it up.

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