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 13 2018 11:30 PMWill Assad “Get the Message” This Time?The U.S. once again opts for a limited response to Syria’s chemical weapons use.
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April 11 2018 2:54 PMThe Missiles May Be “Smart,” but the President’s Plan Is NotBefore he risks an escalation in Syria and a conflict with Russia, Trump needs to figure out what he’s actually trying to accomplish.
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April 2 2018 3:54 PMDoes Trump Even Know What He Wants From Kim Jong-un?The president has shown no indication that he has any plan for next month’s all-important North Korea summit.
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March 27 2018 3:51 PMWho Made the Worst Decision of the Iraq War?We may never know for sure. But there’s reason to suspect Cheney.
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March 22 2018 6:56 PMIt’s Time to Panic NowJohn Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war.
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March 20 2018 5:33 PMInfrastructure WeakThe time to do something about protecting our power plants and waterworks from Russian hackers was 20 years ago.
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March 13 2018 12:07 PMRex, We Hardly Knew You. No, Really.An ignominious end for the most passive secretary of state in a century.
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March 6 2018 3:15 PMLet’s Talk About NukesIt’s great news if Kim Jong-un is willing to talk about giving up his nuclear weapons. But whether it leads to a breakthrough is up to the Trump administration.
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March 1 2018 3:55 PMDon’t Buy Putin’s Missile HypeIf the Russians want to waste their money on fancy new nukes, let them.
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Feb. 27 2018 5:58 PMWe Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Nuclear CrisisThe Olympics are over, and the high-stakes Trump-Kim showdown is no closer to resolution.
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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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April 12 2018 7:12 PMEnabler in ChiefMike Pompeo offered few assurances that he’s willing to stand up to Trump’s worst instincts.
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April 5 2018 4:19 PMLost in SyriaIt’s been a year since Trump launched missiles at Assad’s military, and it’s now clear he had no strategy to back it up.
Music
March 29 2018 12:09 PMWhen the Student Became the MasterA new box set captures Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s final tour together. It challenges the conventional wisdom about both of them.
Gizmos
March 23 2018 8:00 AM4K MagicWhy it’s time to buy an ultra-high definition TV—and for cheap.
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March 22 2018 4:18 PM“Getting Along” Is Not a Foreign PolicyTrump’s defense of congratulating Putin shows again how clueless he is.
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March 16 2018 5:14 PMWhere H.R. McMaster Went WrongHe built a storied military career by speaking truth to power—until that power was President Trump.
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March 9 2018 11:44 AMSummit SurpriseA meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un could be a major opportunity—if Trump actually prepares for it.
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March 5 2018 4:00 PMNo ReplyWhy is America letting Russia get away with meddling in our democracy?
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Feb. 28 2018 12:12 PMKushner Has No Business in the White HouseHis security downgrade proves it.
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Feb. 23 2018 4:13 PMNot Every U.S.–Russia Meeting Is SuspiciousPutin wants us to be paranoid. Don’t help him.
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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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