Phillip Carter
Phillip Carter

Phillip Carter is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. The views expressed are the author’s alone and not representative of his organization.

Politics
Oct. 17 2017 2:49 PMQuestionable CallsTrump has sparked outrage by suggesting that his predecessors didn’t call the grieving families of service members. If only we were as interested in why they are killed at all.
Politics
Sept. 25 2017 4:44 PMTrump Is Ignoring Puerto Rico’s SufferingThe administration’s feeble response to Hurricane Maria rivals Bush’s after Katrina.
The World
Aug. 23 2017 3:59 PMWhat Works in AfghanistanThe country is not always a graveyard of empires.
Politics
Aug. 3 2017 3:56 PMTrump’s 21 Club SaluteJust because he was rude to his generals doesn’t mean he’s wrong to be skeptical about escalation in Afghanistan.
Jurisprudence
July 28 2017 2:48 PMA Tweet Is a Direct OrderMilitary leaders who say the president’s social media posts aren’t policy are playing a dangerous game.
Jurisprudence
July 24 2017 1:36 PMUnpresidential CommandTrump is ordering service members to support the Republican agenda. That is terrifying.
Politics
July 11 2017 8:05 PMThe Four Big Scandals of the Trump AdministrationCollusion with Russia is just one of them.
Politics
May 18 2017 3:48 PMDon’t LieAdvice to Donald Trump and his associates upon the appointment of a special counsel.
Politics
May 11 2017 4:55 PMWelcome to the Forever War, Mr. PresidentTrump could easily get us sucked into Afghanistan again. Here’s how he could avoid his predecessors’ mistakes.
Politics
April 28 2017 5:54 AMHow Trump Made America Less Secure in 100 DaysHis foreign policy makes no sense, and nearly every military move has been a mistake.
Politics
April 11 2017 4:40 PMThe Hawks Are WinningH.R. McMaster and James Mattis are steering the Trump administration away from “America First.”
Politics
April 5 2017 7:13 PMSwamp IntrigueBannon’s ouster could be the sign of a functional National Security Council—or merely the charade of one.
Politics
March 1 2017 5:53 PMStolen ValorDonald Trump’s appropriation of Ryan Owens’ heroism and Carryn Owens’ grief was a disgrace.
Jurisprudence
Feb. 14 2017 6:16 PMWe Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump AdministrationHere’s how Congress can make it happen.
Jurisprudence
Jan. 31 2017 6:51 PMHubris, Distrust, DisorderWhy the Trump administration keeps screwing up.
Politics
Oct. 2 2017 11:29 AMNightmare ScenarioThe only way to stop a bad guy with a gun in a high-rise building at night is to make sure he doesn’t have a gun.
Politics
Aug. 30 2017 5:44 PMWhat Is James Mattis Doing?The defense secretary may be slow-walking Trump’s transgender troops ban so he can let Congress decide its fate.
Politics
Aug. 8 2017 4:49 PMNo More Private WarsThe U.S. can’t make the mistake of outsourcing the fight in Afghanistan to contractors.
Politics
July 28 2017 6:42 PMKelly to the RescueThe Homeland Security chief’s aggression and blunt style endeared him to his boss. But a White House chief of staff needs a smoother approach. 
Politics
July 26 2017 4:33 PMTrump’s Transgender Ban Will Weaken the MilitaryAmerica’s armed services are already struggling to attract young recruits. The president just made their job harder.
Politics
July 19 2017 4:23 PMDonald Trump Is Abdicating His Role as Commander in ChiefHe is using the troops as props, hiding behind their bright medals, and using their credibility for political gain.
Politics
June 9 2017 1:08 PMThe Real Scandal Is Still RussiaDonald Trump is trying to give the Russians everything they want. That’s scarier than his possible obstruction of justice.
Jurisprudence
May 16 2017 2:56 PMArticles of Impeachment for Donald J. TrumpA first draft of an impeachment bill for the president.
Politics
May 9 2017 10:57 PMTrump Wanted a Public ExecutionThe president fired James Comey via letter, while the FBI director was giving a speech.
Politics
April 19 2017 8:04 PMThe Mysterious Case of the Wayward Aircraft CarrierThis is a dangerous way for the world’s most powerful military to operate.
Politics
April 7 2017 6:15 PMWe Are Now Part of This WarTrump doesn’t know what he wants to do in Syria. He needs to figure it out—fast.
Jurisprudence
March 31 2017 3:23 PMWhat Is Michael Flynn’s Game?Why is Trump’s former national security adviser seeking immunity?
Politics
Feb. 24 2017 6:03 PMThe Trump Administration’s Not-So-Benign NeglectWhile we’re watching the scandals du jour, the president and his top advisers are dismantling the federal government.
Jurisprudence
Feb. 10 2017 10:53 AMThank the “Deep State” for Quashing Trump’s Torture PlansLongtime professionals in the Defense Department and CIA know torture doesn’t work, and they pushed back.
Politics
Jan. 28 2017 11:12 PMWith Friends Like UsIn barring even those who’ve helped us wage our wars, Trump signaled to the world that American friendship comes with an asterisk.

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