National Columns

Opinion: The question of impeachment

Should Donald Trump be impeached? That he will be seems likely as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the chamber where impeachment proceedings begin. That he deserves to be is similarly self-evident. President Andrew Johnson was impeached after firing a member of his ...

Opinion: Today’s Germany is the best Germany

Berlin — In one of contemporary history’s intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor’s dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar’s dutiful daughter. Two of the world’s most important conservative parties are involved in an ...

Opinion: Evangelicals believe Trump is their champion

Washington — By all indications, the reluctant support by white evangelicals for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in 2016 has solidified into something like devotion. In his analysis of the 2018 midterm-election results, political journalist Ron Brownstein found many groups plagued by ...

Opinion: Trump’s perilous withdrawal from Syria

Washington — Asked to describe U.S. policy toward Syria after President Trump’s sudden decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw U.S. troops from that country, several key officials use the same two words: “total chaos.” There’s another phrase that comes to mind in assessing Trump’s move: ...

Opinion: Some thoughts on Romney’s Trump declaration

Mitt Romney’s declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating — more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it’s the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials ...

Opinion: Social isolation is a year-round worry

Editor’s note: Leonard Pitts was on vacation and returns today. The following is a substitute column by Ana Veciana-Suarez. I often complain — rather gratuitously, I now realize — that I don’t have a moment to myself. Responsibilities and relationships tug at my time, and hardly a day ...

Opinion: Dems show signs of intelligent life

Washington — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In ...

Opinion: A look into the crystal ball for 2020

Washington — Bill Safire, the late, great New York Times columnist, made a tradition over 35 years of publishing a year-end “office pool,” a multiple-choice quiz in which, as he liked to say, “every reader becomes a pundit” because nobody knows the right answers. The office pool died ...

Opinion: Looking forward in anger

‘Tis the season to be angry. The president is angry at the Democrats for not allocating enough money to build the border wall. The Democrats are angry at the president for wanting one. Civil servants are angry at both parties for closing the government and putting thousands on furlough. ...

Opinion: Trump’s wall is a symbol of ruin

Washington — Republicans used to shut down the federal government with the intention (generally) of curbing public spending. Donald Trump’s GOP, in contrast, shuts down the federal government with the goal of constructing a continent-long wall of dubious utility that will require (by one ...

Opinion: Here’s hoping the dialogue continues

Washington — Here’s one New Year’s resolution that should be easy: The United States and North Korea should resume the diplomatic progress they began in 2018 toward peace and denuclearization. It’s a measure of this year’s turbulent pace that the Singapore summit between President ...

Opinion: Trump’s fake numbers the epitome of fake news

Remarkable, isn’t it, that Donald Trump has made decrying “fake news” his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone’s friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: “If Mr. Hughes will stop ...

Opinion: 2018, the year we lost ourselves

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Of course not. As a year ticks into its final hours, old acquaintances are front of mind, sometimes painfully so. It lends a certain melancholy sweetness to the whole ritual. We mark a milestone reached, but we also remember all ...

Opinion: The president’s reckoning is well underway

Washington — For the new year, critics of President Trump should resolve not to be intimidated by the potential wrath of his vaunted political base. The only one who should cower before the Make America Great Again legions is Trump himself. And he does fear them, bigly. The latest ...

Opinion: The self-destruction of American farmers

Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America’s export economy. Then President Trump happened. He launched his “easy-to-win” trade wars, and our trading partners hit back right where the farm belt hurts. Soybeans have been our biggest farm export and China their biggest foreign ...

Opinion: Osama Bin Laden was right

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and ...

Opinion: Trump has forfeited America’s Cold War victories

Perhaps the timing of George H.W. Bush’s death last month was merciful. This way he didn’t have to see America lose the Cold War. Bush presided over the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. But the triumph he and others earned with American blood and treasure over 71 years, defeating the ...

Opinion: The president’s delusional ISIS policy

Donald Trump has vanquished the Islamic State group, and it is time for American troops to come home from Syria — or so the president claimed by tweet this week. The problem is, as with much of what the president tweets, there is no basis for his braggadocio. Currently, the U.S. has about ...

Opinion: Trump’s Syria decision on the ground

Washington — The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President’s Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and leave America’s allies to their fate. “This was something we ...

Opinion: Trump has nothing to show for health care promises

Washington — After two long years of fruitlessly trying to kill Obamacare, the Republican Party and President Trump have been given a political hand grenade by a federal judge in Texas to get the job done. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has declared the Affordable Care Act ...