Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

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

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Jan. 17 2019 6:51 PMTrump’s Star Wars FantasyThe president is proposing the most ambitious and costly missile defense system since the Reagan era. It won’t make us any safer.
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Jan. 10 2019 4:58 PMPompeo Attacks Obama and Defends Trump in CairoHis speech failed at both.
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Dec. 21 2018 3:21 PMThe 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.
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Dec. 19 2018 2:56 PMTrump Looks for an Exit in SyriaA hasty departure could make things worse.
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Dec. 13 2018 4:15 PMTrump 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?
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Dec. 8 2018 4:57 PMJohn Kelly Was Supposed to Bring Credibility to the White House. He Failed.No tears should be shed for the outgoing chief of staff.
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Nov. 20 2018 11:22 AMThe Problem With Trump and the TroopsThe president loves the military’s pomp and power. But service and sacrifice make him uncomfortable.
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Nov. 7 2018 3:16 PMCould House Democrats Cancel the Pentagon’s Blank Check?Congress has a chance to exercise real oversight again.
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Oct. 29 2018 3:54 PMTrump Makes a Run for the BorderThe president really wants troops to stop the caravan. But there’s not much for them to do.
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Oct. 22 2018 10:44 AMTrump’s Missile MisfireThe president is rewarding the Russians for their bad behavior by pulling out of a key treaty.
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Oct. 16 2018 3:58 PMPompeo Helps the Saudis Sweep a Murder Under the RugThe message is clear: You can get away with anything if you flatter Trump’s ego.
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Oct. 11 2018 10:44 AMThe Military’s Cyber Defenses Are in Appallingly Bad ShapeOur ability to win a war may be in doubt.
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Sept. 30 2018 3:06 PMTrump Said What About Kim Jong-un?Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse.
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Sept. 24 2018 3:20 PMShowdown Over IranThe stage is set for a dramatic confrontation at this year’s U.N. General Assembly.
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Sept. 13 2018 11:56 AMFalse SummitTrump and Kim plan to meet again, but North Korea still won’t give up its weapons.
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Jan. 14 2019 1:37 PMTrump and Putin’s Cone of SeclusionIt’s not just unusual that there are no notes from Trump’s meetings with Putin. It’s unprecedented.
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Jan. 7 2019 2:12 PMAre We Actually Getting Out of Syria?The president keeps contradicting his advisers—and himself.
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Dec. 20 2018 7:40 PMThe Last Grown-Up Is GoneJames Mattis is not “retiring with distinction.” He’s resigning in protest.
Movies
Dec. 17 2018 12:01 PMVice Misunderestimates Its SubjectThe new Dick Cheney biopic doesn’t just fail as comedy. It fails as history.
Music
Dec. 10 2018 8:00 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2018Plus the year’s best historical releases.
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Nov. 30 2018 10:45 AMTrump’s Summit of FutilityThe president has all but ensured that nothing useful will come of the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires.
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Nov. 12 2018 3:39 PMTrump Retreats From the WestThe president’s performance in Paris was a stunning abdication of global leadership.
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Oct. 31 2018 4:41 PMToo 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.
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Oct. 24 2018 2:19 PMNot Cyber Offensive EnoughThe U.S. could be doing a lot more to deter Russian meddling in the midterms.
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Oct. 18 2018 5:45 PMThere’s No Path to Victory in AfghanistanThere never was.
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Oct. 12 2018 11:50 AMTrump’s Saudi DelusionsThe president’s defense of arms sales to the kingdom isn’t just immoral—it’s inaccurate.
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Oct. 4 2018 4:50 PMPompeo’s Doomed Mission to PyongyangThe secretary of state is being set up to fail in North Korea.
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Sept. 26 2018 11:40 AMTrump Calls Out Election Meddling—by ChinaThis looks like an attempt to shift the blame if the Republicans lose badly in November.
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Sept. 19 2018 11:54 AMClose, 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.
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Sept. 4 2018 5:28 PMThe Middle East’s Tinderbox Is Heating Up AgainThere are danger signs all over the region, and Trump seems totally unprepared.

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