National Columns

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: World faces new nuclear arms race

Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, one of the nation’s wise men on national security, delivered an arresting message last week: We’re about to find ourselves in a new nuclear arms race.“The danger of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than during the Cold War,” Perry ...

Opinion: Latin America next terror target?

Few in Latin America are even thinking about the possibility of an Islamic State terrorist attack in the region, but — following the recent attacks in Brussels, Paris and Tunisia — it may be time to do so.It’s not a matter of academic speculation. Latin America had two major Middle ...

Opinion: Voters need better choices

Occasionally I am asked if I ever considered running for political office. My response: “I did once, but I took two aspirin, lay down for a while and the feeling went away.”Besides not wanting to accept a pay cut, why would I want to put myself through the agony of exposing the smallest ...

Opinion: Clinton unlikely to be prosecuted

It may not sound like it at first, but the FBI’s decision to move fast on its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices is good news for the Democratic front-runner.Federal prosecutors have begun setting up formal interviews with Clinton’s advisers. After those sessions, ...

Opinion: ‘Conservative’ has lost its meaning

About 20 years ago, when the syndicate that represents this column was preparing to pitch it to newspaper editors, I was called in for a meeting with the sales staff and somebody asked me this question:“Are you liberal or are you conservative?”I said, “Yes.”I wasn’t trying to be a ...

Opinion: Quiz welcomes baseball season

Washington ? Pitcher Jim Bouton said: “Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?” To show how smart you are, identify:The team that won a record 26 consecutive games (but finished fourth).Among those ...

Opinion: Candidates offer foreign policy choice

Washington ? After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer- beaters and a ton of flagrant fouls, we’re down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump. (If Kasich pulls a miracle, he’ll get his own column.) The world wants to know: What are their foreign ...

Opinion: Libya mars Clinton’s credentials

Washington ? Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee’s principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable dishonesty.Hillary ...

Opinion: Economic sanctions can be overused

Washington ? Economic sanctions have become the “silver bullet” of American foreign policy over the last decade, because they’re cheaper and more effective in compelling adversaries than traditional military power. But Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns of a “risk of overuse” that ...

Opinion: Guns at GOP convention? Why not?

So do you think guns should be allowed at the Republican National Convention?Granted, the question is moot. On Monday, the Secret Service announced that only its agents and Cleveland police will be allowed to bring firearms into Quicken Loans Arena when the GOP assembles there this summer. But ...

Opinion: Obama term good for Latin America

President Obama charmed Argentines by dancing the tango during his visit to the South American country last week, but his trip may be remembered for something much more important: It may mark the start of a new cycle of much closer U.S-Latin American ties.By design or by luck, Obama may leave ...

Opinion: Syrian Kurds are best option for U.S.

Paris ? After Brussels, President Obama’s strategy of gradually degrading the Islamic State looks terribly risky. And much too slow.Yes, the Islamic State has lost around 40 percent of the territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, much of it retaken by Kurdish forces with U.S. air support. But ...

Opinion: Europe must unite against terrorism

Washington ? “We have the Europe we deserve,” admitted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday. The question is how Europeans can build the security structures they need.The first requirement is solidarity, within each country and among the 28 nations of the European Union. This ...

Opinion: Obama visit not enough to change Cuba

President Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba calling for democracy and human rights on the island was relatively good, but don’t fool yourself: It will be drowned in an avalanche of Castro government propaganda in the coming weeks and might soon be a faint memory in most Cubans’ minds.This is ...

Opinion: Why a Muslim should love America

An open letter to American Muslims:In April 1944, a Cpl. Rupert Trimmingham wrote the editor of Yank, a U.S. Army magazine, about what happened when he and eight fellow soldiers, traveling by train, had an overnight layover in a small Louisiana town. They went to get coffee, but no restaurant ...

Opinion: Are America’s best years behind her?

Washington ? Presidential campaigns incite both hypochondria and euphoria, portraying the present as grimmer than it is and the future as grander than it can be. As an antidote to both, read a rarity, an academic’s thick book (762 pages) widely recognized as relevant to America’s current ...

Opinion: Obama lacks commitment on terrorism

Washington ? The split-screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raul Castro at a baseball game in Havana.On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism. On the other, the Obama fantasy world in which ...

Opinion: Nation sees new trends in mobility

Dearborn, Mich. ? If Mark Fields’ theory is correct, his industry faces novel challenges. His theory about the changing role of driving in Americans’ lives is one reason Ford Motor Co. now describes itself as an “automotive and mobility company.”Fields, Ford’s CEO, remembers a time ...

Opinion: Brussels attack reveals security flaws

Washington ? The value of catastrophic events is that they can help people face up to problems that are otherwise impossible to address. Maybe this will be the case with Tuesday’s horrific attacks in Brussels.Europe is facing a security threat that’s unprecedented in its modern history, at ...

Opinion: McConnell’s lies are fooling no one

A few words about the pious insincerity of Mitch McConnell.As you are no doubt aware, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, announced on the very day that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died that he would refuse to hold hearings on any replacement nominated by President Obama. ...