Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan is the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

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Feb. 22 2018 11:07 AMAmerica’s Voting Systems Are Highly Vulnerable to HackersAnd we’re doing nothing to protect them.
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Feb. 12 2018 6:04 PMAll Guns, No ButterTrump’s budget is a return to the let-’er-rip era of defense spending.
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Feb. 7 2018 3:49 PMMattis Goes NuclearTrump’s secretary of defense has recently adopted some dubious and dangerous ideas about nuclear strategy.
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Jan. 30 2018 3:10 PMI Was There for Nixon’s Last State of the UnionThis feels very different.
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Jan. 22 2018 4:23 PMNuclear PosturingTrump’s official nuclear policy isn’t that different from his predecessors’. That’s what makes it so scary.
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Dec. 21 2017 4:13 PMGetting Kicked, Taking NamesTrump’s unforced error on Jerusalem.
Music
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMWhy the Williamsburg Bridge Should Be Renamed After Sonny RollinsIt’s time for the New Colossus to be joined by the Saxophone Colossus.
Music
Dec. 15 2017 9:06 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2017Plus the best historical releases.
Movies
Dec. 6 2017 5:45 AMThe Post Is a Rousing Call to Resistance That Couldn’t Feel More TimelySteven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers movie celebrates a free and feisty press, an independent judiciary, and a woman willing to stand up to a world ruled by men.
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Nov. 30 2017 4:40 PMDo Not Let Tom Cotton Anywhere Near the CIAThe senator is an extreme ideologue with the exact wrong temperament for the job.
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Nov. 14 2017 5:16 PMTrigger WarningA congressional hearing underlines the dangers posed by an unstable president with unchecked authority to launch nuclear weapons.
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Nov. 9 2017 3:00 PMCome Back Any Time!In Trump, China’s Xi Jinping has the American president of his dreams.
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Oct. 30 2017 3:24 PMPreview of Coming IndictmentsThe charges against George Papadopoulos suggest bigger names are on the way.
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Oct. 13 2017 4:44 PMCertifiable NonsenseTrump’s speech on the Iran deal might be his most dishonest, and also his most damaging.
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Oct. 10 2017 2:57 PMSorry, Trump, but Talking to North Korea Has WorkedThe president’s claim that negotiations are a waste of time ignores history.
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Feb. 15 2018 4:35 PMThe New Graveyard of Empires?Vladimir Putin’s grand ambitions for Syria aren’t working out quite as planned.
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Feb. 9 2018 3:47 PMNo Time to TalkTrump’s foreign policy is all military, no diplomacy. We’re starting to see the consequences.
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Jan. 30 2018 11:36 PMNo “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.
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Jan. 25 2018 9:06 AMBack 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.
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Jan. 19 2018 5:55 AMDon’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.
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Dec. 18 2017 6:06 PMStrategic ConfusionDonald Trump’s new National Security Strategy will baffle allies and delight foes.
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Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMThe 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.
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Dec. 12 2017 6:08 PMThe Free World’s LandlordTrump’s persistent attacks on NATO can only undermine America’s economy and security.
Books
Dec. 4 2017 5:45 AMDr. Strangelove Was a DocumentaryDaniel Ellsberg’s new memoir would be an urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons—even if Trump weren’t president.
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Nov. 28 2017 5:37 PMWorst Secretary of State Ever?Rex Tillerson’s nonsensical explanations for hamstringing his own department only made things worse.
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Nov. 13 2017 5:04 PMThe 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.
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Nov. 8 2017 3:07 PMLost in AsiaTrump’s trip shows what happens when a world leader is set adrift in the world with no strategy or goals.
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Oct. 17 2017 4:34 PMThe Worst DefenseTrump claims that U.S. missile defense works 97 percent of the time. It doesn’t, and it’s a problem if he thinks that.
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Oct. 11 2017 2:48 PMTrump’s Nuclear MeltdownOnly this president could think 4,000 nukes aren’t enough.
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Oct. 2 2017 4:33 PMThe Underminer in ChiefTrump’s public smackdown of Tillerson makes it clear that the administration’s foreign policy dysfunction is getting dangerous.

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