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: Trump veep not an easy choice

Help wanted: Seasoned Republican politician with Washington experience. Must have high energy, conservative credentials and a strong stomach. Job requires working for mercurial boss who provokes needless crises without warning. On paper, you’ll be his deputy, but this chief executive prides ...

Opinion: History may honor Obama leadership

Washington ? A year ago this month, President Obama was delivering a eulogy in Charleston, S.C., after the mass shooting in a church there. As he neared the end, he took a long pause and then began singing “Amazing Grace.”It was an unforgettable, transcendent moment. Michelle Obama had ...

Opinion: Hitler comparisons not unfounded

Yes, Hitler.Some of you questioned my evocation of history’s great villain in a recent column on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s surrender to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. I likened Ryan to Franz von Papen, a German politician who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power under the naive delusion ...

Opinion: When party establishments mattered

Washington ? Months before the 1940 Republican convention nominated Wendell Willkie, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt’s waspish daughter, said that Willkie’s support sprang “from the grass roots of a thousand country clubs.”   There actually was a Republican establishment ...

Opinion: Trump authenticity hampers electability

Washington ? When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!”Six weeks into Donald ...

Opinion: GOP may learn from Dems in ‘72

Republican officeholders resisting presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and others still yearning for a conservative alternative share one main goal: ensuring GOP congressional majorities survive the 2016 election, regardless of who wins the White House.If they want a model, they might ...

Opinion: Success is more than good luck

Washington ? Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, knows that no one in the audience is there to hear a commencement speaker. When, however, he addressed his institution’s class of 2016, it heard him distill into a few lapidary paragraphs a ...

Opinion: Separations, hatred are a choice

I am supposed to be writing about a shooting in Orlando, but my thoughts keep circling back to a funeral in Louisville.About the shooting, you have doubtless already heard your fill of grisly details. Suffice it to say that in the dark hours of Sunday morning, a Muslim man armed with a ...

Opinion: Hateful rhetoric propels Islamic State

Washington ? Even by Donald Trump’s standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country.Trump’s response to Sunday morning’s terrorist attack by Omar Mateen was initially an opportunistic tweet, then a boasting ...

Opinion: Trump team will be ‘yes men’

If Donald Trump becomes the next U.S. president, he will have a hard time assembling a team of experienced foreign policy advisers, especially when it comes to Latin American experts: Key Republican specialists in the region are running away from him as fast as they can.That’s the impression ...

Opinion: Brexit would trigger EU demise

Does the West still exist? And do we need it?Those are questions many British citizens are asking as their country prepares for a June 23 referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union.Or to put it another way, are the European institutions that America and Britain worked ...

Opinion: Mexico may veer to the left in 2018

While most of Latin America is shifting to the right, there is a potential exception that may soon keep U.S. policymakers awake at night: the possibility of a populist leftist victory in Mexico’s 2018 elections.Judging from the stinging defeat of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling ...

Opinion: Rape sentence reflects flawed culture

This is a column about the value of six.Actually, it’s about three individual sixes and their respective values. The first six came after a 23-year-old woman — her name has never been revealed — spoke in court to address the man who raped her last year, who took her out behind the ...

Opinion: Anti-Semitism evolves but survives

London ? Of the fighting faiths that flourished during the ideologically drunk 20th century, anti-Semitism has been uniquely durable. It survives by mutating, even migrating across the political spectrum from the right to the left. Although most frequently found in European semi-fascist ...

Opinion: North Korea poses growing threat

Washington ? Sometime over the next several years, the next U.S. president could confront a genuinely dangerous threat from a faraway place — a North Korean missile that can hit U.S. territory with a nuclear warhead.Led by an impulsive and brutal young man, North Korea may pose the most ...

Opinion: Republican leaders in tough spot

Washington ? The morning after, the nation awakes asking: What have we done?Both parties seem intent on throwing the election away. The Democrats, running against a man with highest-ever negatives, are poised to nominate a candidate with the second-highest-ever negatives. Hillary Clinton ...

Opinion: Book sheds light on Iran deal

Washington ? One of the mysteries of Campaign 2016 is why the Iran nuclear deal has vanished as an issue. But a new book reveals some startling details about how the diplomacy with Tehran began in secret, long before reformers took power there, and the crucial role played by presumptive ...

Opinion: Ryan made wrong choice on Trump

In 1933, Franz von Papen was hungry for revenge.Having been ousted as chancellor of Germany through political subterfuge, he wanted payback against the former ally who had succeeded him. So he struck a new alliance, this one with Adolf Hitler, leader of a rising popular movement called the ...

Opinion: Endorsement will be costly for Ryan

Washington ? The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia — the ability of career politicians to ...

Opinion: Trump’s frightening foreign policy

It doesn’t require a foreign policy speech by Hillary Clinton to prove that Donald Trump is unfit to be commander in chief.But Clinton did the country a service last week by laying out the dangers of having Trump’s hand on the nuclear trigger. She had only to quote some of Trump’s bizarre ...