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: Early election polls predict little

Democrats hoped this presidential election would be a cakewalk. In their eyes, the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, spent most of the spring alienating big chunks of the electorate, beginning with women. Meanwhile, the presumptive Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, has run a ...

Opinion: Heroes’ sacrifice inspired chaplain

Memorial Day often takes me down “hero’s highway.”This particular highway consisted of about a hundred feet of concrete from the helicopter-landing pad into the back door of the Air Force Field Hospital in Balad, Iraq.I remember it well. I was the chaplain there in 2009. I met a lot of ...

Opinion: Truth of ‘Roots’ confronted nation

Everything was different, the day after.If you are a child of the millennium, if you’ve never known a world without 500 networks, it may be difficult for you to get this. You might find it hard to appreciate how it was when there were only three networks and no DVR nor even VCR, so that one ...

Opinion: EU promotes damaging stasis

London ? Leaders of the campaign to end Britain’s membership in the European Union hope that next month’s referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister. Michael Gove, secretary of justice ...

Opinion: U.S., Turkey strategies on collision course

Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — Here’s a positive move by Turkey, a country  that often seems to be heading in the wrong direction: Despite Ankara’s severe misgivings, it is allowing the U.S. military to fly daily bombing missions from here against the Islamic State — in support of a ...

Opinion: Parties should change nomination system

The frustration of many voters over the way presidential candidates are selected has come to a head with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees of their respective parties.If this is the best we can do, maybe we should consider a better way.As of May 3, according to ...

Opinion: Obama tempers global idealism

Washington ? How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing ...

Opinion: Britain’s EU vote has broad impact

London ? Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more dystopian. The EU’s economic stagnation — in ...

Opinion: Pragmatism not a bad strategy

“You can’t always get what you want.” — The Rolling StonesA few words in defense of pragmatism.That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. The Vermont senator faces a virtually impossible deficit in his battle with Hillary ...

Opinion: U.S. goals for Iraq, Syria still unclear

Ankara, Turkey ? A tour of the war zones in Iraq and Syria with the top American commander ends, appropriately enough, here in Turkey, the strongest power in the region and the place where the modern troubles began a hundred years ago with the collapse of the Ottoman empire.The abiding ...

Opinion: Common enemy unites troops in Syria

Northern Syria — The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it seeks to form a strong military force to drive the Islamic State from its capital, Raqqah.The U.S. could try to ...

Opinion: Nomination complaints ignore rules

A persistent theme of Bernie Sanders’ insurgent Democratic campaign — and, until recently Donald Trump’s — is that the political system is rigged against outsiders like them who challenge the political establishment.Polls show most Americans agree. Trump’s gripes were essentially ...

Opinion: ‘Hamiliton’ offers lesson on liberty, power

The popularity of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” offers us all an opportunity to consider the wisdom of one of our most prolific Founding Fathers — while we wait in line for tickets.Alexander Hamilton, like the rest of our founders, provided the solution to dysfunctional, ...

Opinion: Most dangerous place isn’t on a map

I hesitate to bring up facts.If recent years have proven nothing else, they’ve proven that we have fully embarked upon a post-factual era wherein the idea that a thing can be knowable to an objective certainty — and that this should matter — has been diminished to the point of near ...

Opinion: Trump might diminish presidency

Washington ? The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps have a salutary effect. It might demystify an office that has become now swollen with inappropriate powers and swaddled in a ...

Opinion: Saudi ties to 9/11 should be revealed

Given America’s long-running battle with Islamist terrorists — a battle that won’t end soon — we need to know which countries support terrorists under the table. Especially when those countries are supposed to be allies.So it’s bizarre that the U.S. government still refuses to release ...

Opinion: Shameless Trump is daunting foe

Washington ? Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and ...

Opinion: More focus needed on medical mistakes

First, do no harm. Doctors get that. They embrace it. It’s nevertheless the conclusion of a major study that medical mistakes kill at least 250,000 Americans a year, trailing only heart disease and cancer as a threat to human life. Here’s an overly hushed horror that needs massive ...

Opinion: Bud name-change toasts U.S. election

Washington ? Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America’s psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the ...

Opinion: Gun sale like victory lap on boy’s grave

It was not enough just to kill Sam Hose. No, they had to make souvenirs out of him.Hose was an African-American man lynched by a mob of some 2,000 white women and men in 1899 near the town of Newman, Ga. They did all the usual things. They stabbed him, castrated him, skinned his face, mutilated ...