Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan
War Stories
Dec. 17 2014 6:18 PMThe New Age of CyberwarfareWhy we should expect more attacks on companies like Sony Pictures. 
War Stories
Dec. 10 2014 5:16 PMThere’s No Way Bush and Cheney Didn’t KnowThe Senate Intelligence Committee suggests that the White House knew everything about the CIA’s torture program but the details.
War Stories
Dec. 3 2014 5:28 PMThe Best DefenseAshton Carter may be the right person to lead the Pentagon, but why was the shortlist of candidates so short?
War Stories
Nov. 20 2014 4:11 PMJaw-Jaw With IranWe are likely going to blow the deadline in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. But why not just keep talking?
War Stories
Nov. 7 2014 11:45 AMThe Day the Wall Came DownWhy the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the world we know today.
War Stories
Oct. 16 2014 4:52 PMSins of OmissionCitizenfour is a fine documentary. Too bad the director glossed over some important details—and Edward Snowden didn’t gloss over more.
War Stories
Sept. 23 2014 4:04 PMThe Right TargetWhy Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
War Stories
Sept. 11 2014 12:29 AMObama at WarThe president outlined a reasonable strategy for attacking ISIS. What could go wrong?
War Stories
Aug. 27 2014 5:49 PMObama Shouldn’t Bomb ISIS in SyriaWe have no strategy for intervening there, and no reason to think it will work.
War Stories
Aug. 12 2014 6:56 PMThe Case for Helping the KurdsA thriving Kurdistan is necessary for a democratic Iraq.
War Stories
July 21 2014 5:39 PMPutin’s FingerprintsVladimir Putin is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. His next move will matter most of all.
Obit
July 11 2014 5:51 PMRIP, Charlie HadenThe jazz great loved a gorgeous song.
War Stories
July 1 2014 8:48 AMISIS’ Leader Just Declared Himself CaliphWhy that might actually mean that the militia is sputtering.
War Stories
June 16 2014 6:16 PMWhy Iran Is America’s Best New Partner in the Middle EastSometimes we must form alliances with unpleasant nations to prevent something worse.
Politics
June 2 2014 5:47 PMWhat People Don’t Understand About the Bergdahl DealAmerica negotiates with terrorists. These were not terrorists. And this could be the start of something big. 
Music
Dec. 12 2014 6:14 PMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2014Plus the best reissues.
Music
Dec. 9 2014 12:09 PMDuke Ellington’s Best Album—One of the Best in Jazz—Is Also One of His Least-KnownAnd on a new reissue, it sounds better than ever.
War Stories
Nov. 24 2014 2:35 PMChuck OutWhy Chuck Hagel didn’t last long at the Pentagon. 
War Stories
Nov. 12 2014 5:16 PMLet’s Make a DealChina’s Xi Jinping seems to understand that with great power comes at least some responsibility.
War Stories
Oct. 31 2014 5:49 PMObama’s QuagmireAmerica’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way.
War Stories
Oct. 8 2014 6:18 PMA Creeping SensationIf he’s not careful, President Obama is about to be sucked into a wider war in the Middle East.
Politics
Sept. 17 2014 5:21 PMDon’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISISBut the next president might. 
War Stories
Sept. 4 2014 12:06 PMEastern Contradictions There is an enormous gulf between what President Obama is saying about Ukraine and what he appears willing to do.
War Stories
Aug. 20 2014 7:01 PMObama’s Next MoveThe president just described ISIS as a threat to civilization. Now he must back up those words with action.
War Stories
July 23 2014 5:17 PMAmerica’s Flight 17The time the United States blew up a passenger plane—and tried to cover it up.
War Stories
July 17 2014 5:12 PMIsrael’s Deadly Gambits  The Israeli government has lost the ability to think strategically.
War Stories
July 11 2014 4:25 PMAngela Merkel Is Very AngryIn expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin, she’s sending a serious message to Obama.
War Stories
June 25 2014 6:04 PMIt’s Not Our WarThe United States should help others crush ISIS, and not much else.
War Stories
June 11 2014 5:18 PMAfter MosulIf jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
War Stories
May 28 2014 4:29 PMObama Lays Siege to His CriticsAt West Point, President Obama defends a foreign policy vision based on more than U.S. military might.

READ MORE STORIES

  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Dec. 18 2014 9:03 AM We Were Doing It Wrong: The Very First Political Gabfest Watch Emily, John, and David review their inaugural Gabfest from 2005.