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: Intelligence chief assesses U.S. role

Washington ? Early in his tenure as director of national intelligence, James Clapper could sometimes be heard complaining “I’m too old for this (expletive)!” He has now served almost six years as America’s top intelligence official, and when I asked him this week how much longer he ...

Opinion: Trump should release tax returns

In January, Donald Trump had this to say when he was asked about whether he would release his tax returns: “I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time.”Yet he held off on releasing ...

Opinion: Amtrak poses public-private dilemma

Washington ? In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: “This is a helluva way to run a railroad!” Judge Janice ...

Opinion: Could things get crazy?

Will there be blood?That question has gone conspicuously unasked as we enumerate the possible outcomes of November’s election. The potential impact on the nation’s economy, its foreign policy and its standing in the world have all been duly analyzed. But there has been little, if any, ...

Opinion: Sanders needs to curb divisive tone

Bernie Sanders has plenty of sound reasons for continuing his presidential campaign, but now that Donald Trump is the apparent Republican nominee, he needs to make a change in tone.Sanders still has a chance — albeit a vanishingly small chance — of winning more pledged delegates to the ...

Opinion: Campaign can clarify foreign policy

Washington ? By questioning the fundamentals of America’s global role, Donald Trump has given Hillary Clinton a chance to lift her game — by explaining why continued international engagement is in America’s interest and the world’s.If Clinton can’t counter Trump’s “America ...

Opinion: First dreams not the last word for grads

In countless commencement speeches at high schools and colleges in the coming weeks, graduates will be advised to chase their dreams, pursue their passions and settle for nothing less. That is terrible advice.Comedian and TV host Stephen Colbert offered wiser counsel during a graduation speech ...

Opinion: Trump spurs day of reckoning for U.S.

So it has come to this: Trump 2016.What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then a troubling likelihood, became a grim certainty last week as Donald Trump, real estate developer turned reality show ringmaster turned would-be president, won an emphatic victory in Indiana’s ...

Opinion: GOP turns away from conservatism

Washington ? What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”This is the narrative: GOP political leaders ...

Opinion: Old structures don’t suit Mideast

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that formed Iraq, Syria and the other fragile nations of the modern Middle East. The past few weeks have provided dramatic new evidence, if more were needed, that the old colonial framework created by Britain and France isn’t ...

Opinion: Cuba returns to past — only poorer

The powerful images of a Carnival cruise ship arriving in Cuba this week — the first arrival of a U.S. cruise liner on the island in more than 50 years — may go down in history as the symbol of the failure of the 1959 Cuban Revolution.Many young people may be unaware of this, but Fidel ...

Opinion: The Fannie and Freddie fiasco

Washington ? Gigantic government’s complexity and opacity provide innumerable opportunities for opportunists to act unconstrained by clear law or effective supervision. Today’s example, involving the government’s expropriation of hundreds of billions of dollars, features three sets of ...

Opinion: Thoughtful response to social change

Our question for today: What is the proper etiquette when confronted with an unexpected penis?That’s from Roz, a Baltimore-area reader who emailed me a few days ago. Roz describes herself as a left-wing progressive, a “long-time supporter of gay rights,” a feminist and a Democrat who ...

Opinion: Trump foreign policy makes no sense

My grandmother would have had a Yiddish word for Donald Trump’s “major” foreign policy speech last week: meshugaas. That means behavior so senseless or crazy it is almost incomprehensible.Indeed, the Trump talk was so incoherent, so full of contradictions, that, in normal times, it would ...

Opinion: In case of Trump victory, break glass

Washington — Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ...

Opinion: Latino vote likely to sink Trump this fall

Judging from the latest primary results and new polls that have just come out, I have a growing feeling that Latinos will save America from Donald Trump.There is little question after the April 26 primary elections in Pennsylvania and four other states that Trump will be the Republican ...

Opinion: Bernie Nation can’t get behind Hillary

“And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.”Those are, of course, the opening lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s immortal recording of “My Way.” They are also a succinct description of the state of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.Last week, the candidate announced he ...

Opinion: The world according to Trump

Washington — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained ...

Opinion: Diminishing faith in democracy

The greatest threat to American security is something most Americans never think of. President Obama touched on it in his speech to the European people on Monday in Germany.I’m not referring to ISIS, although Obama called the terrorist group “the most urgent threat to our nations” in his ...

Opinion: Slow, shaky takeoff for Mosul offensive

Wadi Mashar, Iraq — From a sandbagged hilltop outpost here, you can see the front line of the Islamic State in the muddy brown houses of Al-Nasr, a village on the next ridgeline, about a mile and a half west. The Iraqi army was supposed to have captured this target a month ago. But the ...