National Columns

Opinion: Saudi leader urgently needs to reset U.S. relationship

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — As America’s confrontation with Iran deepens in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military is rushing more than 500 troops to Saudi Arabia, its key partner in the region. The grim but necessary task is to deter Iran and prepare for war, if deterrence fails. It’s time for ...

Opinion: The contagion of rationalization

Washington — Susan Brooks. Brian Fitzpatrick. Will Hurd. Fred Upton. You may have read or heard these names in passing, but they are worth lingering upon. These are the four Republicans who supported a resolution condemning President Trump’s plainly racist taunt urging four House members ...

Opinion: Mr. Trump, America is not your house

Dear Donald Trump: Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup’ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape ...

Opinion: Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles

Washington — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ...

Opinion: Biggest challenge in Gulf: security

Muscat, Oman — Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure on Saturday of a small oil tanker about 240 miles northwest of here: Thus far, it has brought only a muted response from the United Arab Emirates, in whose waters the vessel had been operating, and from the ...

Opinion: Ross Perot was truly a one of a kind candidate

As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign —involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot — from start to finish, allow me to make ...

Opinion: Trump never tires of provocation

Washington — For many, summer is the literary season of lighter novels at the beach or pool. For me — exhausted by the quickening pace of President Trump’s moral and mental disintegration — escape takes the form of reading works of fiction that I have often read before. Encountering a ...

Opinion: Claremont would make founders weep

The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and 1980s. Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching “the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and ...

Opinion: Failure to protect wolves will be irreversible

Washington — From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite ...

Opinion: Toxic ‘both-sideism’ is spreading

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. Buzhminski was watching from hiding as an SS man named Kidash seized a Jewish woman and her 18-month-old son. “She held the baby ...

Opinion: To beat Trump, Dems should go for Bennet

Washington — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary ...

Opinion: Congress has power and duty to check president run amok

Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s misdeeds would be risky. She needs to realize that not doing so is beginning to look riskier. Soon, after former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress, the ...

Opinion: Like it or not, Trump is on a roll

Washington — The agonizing fact for Democrats this summer is that President Trump appears to be gaining ground on domestic and foreign policy, while his potential challengers are quarreling and mostly spinning their wheels. Trump is defying Congress, taunting allies and ignoring court ...

Opinion: A future without newspapers?

The Vindy announced its death about a week before Jeffrey Epstein was arrested. Though the timing was only a coincidence, the juxtaposition speaks volumes about the state of American journalism. Epstein, as you likely know, is the billionaire money manager who was taken into custody Saturday ...

Opinion: A story of national equilibrium lost and restored

“Time has upset many fighting faiths.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, dissenting, Abrams v. United States (1919) Washington — In this moment of dueling political hysterias (“The fascists are at the gates!” “The socialists are within the gates!”), it is reassuring to remember that ...

Opinion: Why not get tough on Iran?

Washington — Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also endorse a broader, new negotiation that addresses Iran’s meddling in the region and removes sanctions against ...

Opinion: How not to score a goal in the global trade war

President Donald Trump likes to keep score. Well, here’s a score for him: America, zero; while the rest of the world keeps tallying up free trade points. That’s right; while American consumers have been waiting for well over a year to see some resolution to the various trade disputes ...

Opinion: Trump doesn’t celebrate U.S. character

Washington — The celebration of American independence is supposed to be a unifying national ritual. But we are a country with profound differences over the meaning of nationhood itself. People in more typical countries — such as Belgium, Japan or Russia — are attached primarily to a ...

Opinion: ‘Age of Impunity’ has exorbitant cost

Washington — Our conversations about the global retreat of democracy usually highlight its impact on those in relatively well-off nations with long-established traditions of free elections, free speech and a free media. But David Miliband, the chief executive of the International Rescue ...

Opinion: Joe Biden’s vulnerability or the Democrats’?

Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate — managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of “hurt” instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as ...