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
Aug. 26 2018 3:05 PMThe Courage to Stand While TremblingMcCain’s valor amid suffering made him a unique kind of hero—and gave him the moral authority to triumph in politics.
Politics
March 15 2018 10:03 AMFiring VA Secretary David Shulkin Is a Bad IdeaHe’s accomplishing a lot of good for America’s veterans—and for Trump.
The Slatest
Feb. 22 2018 7:27 PMWhy Sending Armed Veterans to Guard Schools Would Be Ludicrous
Politics
Feb. 8 2018 7:06 PMKnight in Tarnished ArmorJohn Kelly arrived at the White House a hero. The Rob Porter scandal exposes him as a disgrace.
Movies
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMWant to Honor the Vets? Go See This Movie.Thank You for Your Service is hard to watch, but it’s your duty as an American.
Jurisprudence
Nov. 3 2017 8:04 PMGuantanamo Is Where Justice Goes to DieA judicial meltdown this week shows why it is the wrong place to prosecute a terrorist—or anyone else.
Politics
Oct. 20 2017 7:16 PM“If You’ve Never Been in Combat, You Can’t Even Imagine”America’s civil-military divide is a huge problem. John Kelly’s remarks will only make it worse.
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
March 29 2018 4:30 PMChaos Awaits Ronny Jackson at the VAThe Navy doctor Trump chose to run the troubled agency is in for the hardest mission of his career.
Politics
March 13 2018 5:53 PMHow Mike Pompeo Could Save the State DepartmentHe has something going for him that Rex Tillerson never did: Trump trusts him.
Politics
Feb. 15 2018 4:00 PMMass Shootings Are a National Security ThreatWe need to guard ourselves from gun violence as ferociously as we guard ourselves from threats abroad.
Politics
Feb. 3 2018 12:56 AMSurvival at All CostsBy releasing the Nunes memo, Trump betrayed the intelligence community to save his own skin.
Politics
Dec. 12 2017 4:04 PMMilitary Chiefs’ Reluctance to MarchThe Pentagon’s response to Trump’s transgender troop ban reflects leaders’ new posture of respectful disobedience.
Politics
Nov. 1 2017 2:20 PMArmed Bystanders Cannot Stop a TruckMilitary expertise shows why the pro-gun response to the Manhattan vehicle attack is absurd.
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.

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