Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

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

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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?
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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.
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April 7 2017 12:16 PMThe Morning After in SyriaHow will Trump finish what he started by attacking Assad?
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April 4 2017 4:57 PMTrump’s Russia Distractions Are Getting DesperateSusan Rice’s alleged “unmasking” wasn’t illegal, or even unusual.
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March 7 2017 6:07 PMWikiLeaks’ Attack on U.S. IntelligenceThe release of the CIA’s hacking tools is a victory not for the American public but for Russia.
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Feb. 27 2017 6:10 PMMoney for NothingTrump’s staggeringly pointless increase of the defense budget is a sure way to undermine American security.
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Feb. 20 2017 7:10 PMTrump Just Hired the Army’s Smartest OfficerBut will Lt. Gen. McMaster be permitted to do his job?
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Feb. 15 2017 6:27 PMNetanyahu Came to Washington to Hear One ThingAnd Trump, in his profound ignorance of Middle East politics, gave it to him.
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Feb. 10 2017 4:59 PMTrump’s China Cave-in Sends a Terrible Message The president learns that global politics are harder than a business deal.
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Feb. 2 2017 6:06 PMWhat Happened Behind the Scenes Before the Yemen Raid?We can’t be sure, but it was not a normal vetting process.
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Jan. 29 2017 4:51 PMThe Commander StumblesTrump’s first executive orders will make it harder to vanquish ISIS.
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Jan. 21 2017 5:22 PMTrump Ramps Up the Narcissism in an Appalling SpeechHis visit to the CIA was supposed to reassure the intelligence community. Boy did that backfire.
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Jan. 18 2017 10:41 AMObama Was Right to Commute Chelsea Manning’s SentenceEdward Snowden should not expect similar treatment.
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Jan. 12 2017 4:48 PMThe Right Man for This Particular MomentGen. James Mattis is our last defense against a crazy, dangerous Trumpian foreign policy.
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Jan. 10 2017 9:18 PMJohn Kelly Is a Trump Appointee Who Sounds Very Little Like Donald TrumpThe Department of Homeland Security nominee speaks out against torture and a border wall and in support of working with allies.
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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.
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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.
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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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March 15 2017 7:23 PMThe Grown-Ups Are Locked OutTrump is depriving Tillerson, Mattis, and McMaster of any real influence or support.
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March 6 2017 6:24 PMNorth Korea Is Now Trump’s ProblemBut his administration is utterly unprepared to deal with the dictatorship’s provocations.
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Feb. 24 2017 6:21 PMTrump Is the GovernmentHis flap with the FBI—and his disregard for agencies in his own administration—reveals a presidency of dangerous self-centeredness and isolation.
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Feb. 16 2017 11:21 PMTrump’s Public HumiliationBy rejecting the national security adviser job, Robert Harward gave cover to every professional who wants to turn the president down.
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Feb. 14 2017 3:46 PMMichael Flynn’s MessThe disgraced national security adviser has left Trump’s White House in turmoil.
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Feb. 9 2017 6:20 PMIt’s Bad Enough Trump Has No Foreign PolicyIt’s worse that he has appointed no one to help his Cabinet secretaries clean up after him.
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Feb. 1 2017 2:35 PMSteve Bannon’s Presence on the National Security Council Is Not Just Terrible. It’s Illegal.The good news is that Congress can stop him.
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Jan. 26 2017 4:47 PMMass Confusion at the State DepartmentEven before Rex Tillerson is confirmed, veteran management officials have resigned.
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Jan. 20 2017 2:18 PMDonald Trump Really Believes All Those Things He Said During the CampaignWe must hope that his Cabinet and Congress stand up to his terrible ideas.
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Jan. 17 2017 2:48 PMQuestion Time for Rex TillersonSenators on the Foreign Relations Committee are wondering whether they can trust Trump’s secretary of state nominee.
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Jan. 11 2017 8:22 PMIs Rex Tillerson—Friend of Putin, Uninformed on the Issues—the Best We’ve Got?Alas, quite possibly.
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Jan. 6 2017 6:27 PMSurprise! It Was Putin.The unclassified report on Russia’s meddling blames the man himself, not just “Russian officials.”

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