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: Obama’s Cuba trip is ill-conceived

Many of us generally support President Barack Obama’s decision to re-establish relations with Cuba, but his upcoming trip to the island, including possible attendance at a U.S-Cuba baseball game alongside Cuban dictator Gen. Raul Castro, is premature, poorly planned and wrong.You may be ...

Opinion: New borders might benefit Mideast

Erbil, Iraq — Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, has an urgent message for world leaders:With the Mideast in chaos and the Islamic State “caliphate” entrenched across swaths of Syria and Iraq, now is the time to rethink the boundaries of the ...

Opinion: ‘Peak Trump’ may be approaching

Washington ? Frequently predicted but never reached, “peak oil” — maximum possible production — has been postponed yet again, this time because of fracking. “Peak Sanders” was prematurely announced because of persistent underestimations of how underwhelming Hillary Clinton is as a ...

Opinion: Confront issues that brought us Trump

We should probably start thinking about what we’re going to do after Trump.Of course, if the nation decides it really does want a vulgar, narcissistic bigot with the impulse control of a sleep-deprived toddler as its 45th president, the options left to thinking Americans will be few, but ...

Opinion: U.S. government decay feeds anger

Washington ? Good countries can sometimes go bad. Donald Trump’s supporters implicitly make this argument when they proclaim “Make America Great Again.” And so do those who loathe Trump and see in him a dangerous populist response to the anger of frustrated middle-class voters.The rise of ...

Opinion: Jewish legacy goes beyond Holocaust

Washington ? Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever. It’s a rare sign of the health of our republic that no one seems to much care or even notice. Least of all, Sanders himself. Which prompted Anderson Cooper in a recent Democratic debate to ask Sanders ...

Opinion: U.S. effort closing in on ISIS forces

Washington ? U.S. Special Operations Forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria — moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadists’ self-declared capital of Raqqa.The Pentagon’s top priority in the ...

Opinion: Will Democrats unite behind Clinton?

The battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hasn’t turned into a playground brawl like the Republican campaign, but it has still pitted Democrats against each other, sometimes bitterly. Sanders has slammed Clinton as a candidate in the pocket of billionaire donors. Clinton has ...

Opinion: Ruling affirms rights of gay parents

This is how John Ward described killing his first wife.“I wanted her to give me my divorce and custody of my daughter,” he told Geraldo Rivera. “And she told me she’d see me in hell first. And I told her to save me a seat. And then I shot her.”“ … I shot her three times in the ...

Opinion: Reagans were history-making pair

Washington ? Washington — They were just four words, but they denoted something that led to a wonderful swerve in world history. They were words Ronald Reagan repeatedly used when referring to something that happened long before he spoke his most famous four words: “Tear down this wall.” ...

Opinion: Next president will inherit Syria mess

As the 2016 campaign grows ever more grotesque, consider this: The next U.S. president will still be confronting an Islamic State caliphate in Syria and Iraq when he or she takes office.Hint: “Bomb the s--- out of them” (the mantra for you-know-who, as well as his Texas opponent) won’t ...

Opinion: Michigan a key contest for Cruz

Dearborn, Mich. ? It is here in the industrial Midwest, not in the South, where Ted Cruz’s audacious theory of the 2016 race was supposed to be put to one of its most important tests. Michigan’s primary on Tuesday — and especially what happens that day in the Detroit suburbs that in 1980 ...

Opinion: Anti-Obama focus damaged GOP

“If he was for it, we had to be against it.” — Former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich quoted in “The New New Deal” by Michael GrunwaldThe “he” is President Obama. The “we” is the Republican Party. And it is not coincidental that as the former pushes toward the end of his second ...

Opinion: Business style reveals much about Trump

Washington ? Consider Donald Trump for a moment as a purveyor of men’s cologne. I quote from the merchandise section of trump.com, the website for his portfolio of “great” companies.“‘Empire by Trump’ is the perfect accessory for the confident man determined to make his mark with ...

Opinion: Tough-guy image working for Trump

Washington ? What happened to the evangelicals? They were supposed to be the bedrock of the Ted Cruz candidacy. Yet on Super Tuesday he lost them to Donald Trump.Cruz still did make a reasonably good showing, winning Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas, the latter by an impressive 17 points. But he ...

Opinion: Helping students define their futures

As the student came into my office, I could see that something was wrong. She was pale and her shoulders sagged. “Are you OK?” I asked. “Not really,” she said. “I’m graduating in two months and I don’t have a job. I’ve been looking everywhere and networking like crazy, but ...

Opinion: Racial slight shapes U.S. perception

Chris Rock said everything that needed to be said. Almost.The burgeoning controversy over the blindingly white field of Oscar nominees made Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards a potential minefield. Rock, fearless, funny and, fortuitously, African American, was exactly the right host at precisely ...

Opinion: U.S. still a stabilizing global power

Washington ? Asked to describe the current shape of the Middle East, a visiting Israeli official uses a Hebrew expression, gam vegam, which translates roughly to: “It’s going in both directions at once.” The shards of the Middle East mosaic are as sharp and dangerous as ever, but U.S., ...

Opinion: GOP’s epiphany may be too late

Washington ? Donald Trump’s distinctive rhetorical style — think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” under water — poses an almost insuperable challenge to people whose painful duty is to try to extract clarity from his effusions. For example, ...

Opinion: U.S. abandons its wartime allies

Why would anyone in the Middle East want to ally with the United States?There are many reasons to ask this question, but here’s one I find especially disturbing: how the United States lets down thousands of Afghans and Iraqis whose lives are at risk because they have worked with Americans. ...