Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan
War Stories
March 3 2015 4:20 PMNetanyahu’s Deadly GambitThe Israeli prime minister is insincere. The only outcomes that would please him are Iranian regime change or outright war.
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Feb. 12 2015 5:28 PMHow to Defeat Putin in UkraineArming the Ukrainians is a losing game. Instead, help Kiev succeed.
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Feb. 2 2015 7:39 PMObama’s Big GunsWhy Obama’s defense budget is much larger than it looks.
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Jan. 21 2015 12:50 AMThe Muddled MissionThe president’s foreign policy message was wise, even if the actual execution has often confused means and ends. 
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Jan. 6 2015 4:10 PMRouhani’s Big GambleIran’s president is squaring off against his country’s hard-liners. We better hope he succeeds.
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.
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Nov. 24 2014 2:35 PMChuck OutWhy Chuck Hagel didn’t last long at the Pentagon. 
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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.
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Oct. 31 2014 5:49 PMObama’s QuagmireAmerica’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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July 23 2014 5:17 PMAmerica’s Flight 17The time the United States blew up a passenger plane—and tried to cover it up.
Culturebox
Feb. 20 2015 11:49 AMI, AudiophileI appreciate high-quality phono-cartridges. I recognize a good digital-to-analog converter. I care about the capacitors in my amplifier. I will not apologize for this. 
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Feb. 11 2015 4:39 PMEmpty ThreatsWhy even a Republican-controlled Congress will give President Obama the authority to wage war.
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Jan. 27 2015 5:31 PMLong Live the King!Why President Obama is suddenly cozying up to the Saudi royal family. 
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Jan. 12 2015 5:38 PMThe Centcom Hack Is No Big DealIt happens all the time.
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Dec. 17 2014 6:18 PMThe New Age of CyberwarfareWhy we should expect more attacks on companies like Sony Pictures. 
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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.
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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?
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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?
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Nov. 7 2014 11:45 AMThe Day the Wall Came DownWhy the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the world we know today.
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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.
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Sept. 23 2014 4:04 PMThe Right TargetWhy Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
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Sept. 11 2014 12:29 AMObama at WarThe president outlined a reasonable strategy for attacking ISIS. What could go wrong?
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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.
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Aug. 12 2014 6:56 PMThe Case for Helping the KurdsA thriving Kurdistan is necessary for a democratic Iraq.
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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.

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