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The World as Revealed by the Olympics

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Olympics are over and the verdict is in -- America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories was 40 years ago (except for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984). America's lead over the second-place finisher was 51 medals,Â...Read more

Trump and the Politics of Cultural Despair

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well. Given his obvious lack of qualifications, his absurd proposals, his hypocrisy, his obnoxious rhetoric, his sheer incompetence as a candidate, why is he not down 10 points in every state?

In other words, who are Trump's ...Read more

My Dreams for a Different Republican Party

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In recent days, I have had a dream: that America has a real Republican Party, a party offering a serious right-of-center alternative to the Democrats. Such a contest of ideas would improve the public debate and offer Americans a real choice, not the cartoon campaign we have today.

Donald Trump had the opportunity to reset his ...Read more

Trump and the Art of B.S.

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- A few days ago, I was asked on CNN to make sense of one more case in which Donald Trump had said something demonstrably false and then explained it away with a caustic tweet and an indignant interview. I replied that there was a pattern here and a term for a person who did this kind of thing: a "bullshit artist." I got cheers and ...Read more

The Democrats' Big Bet

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I came to America in 1982, attracted to the country and interested in its politics. Those were days of economic trauma (a deep recession) and national security fears. And I came from India, where the conventional wisdom was quasi-socialist and anti-American. Still, I found myself fascinated by Ronald Reagan and his Republican Party. ...Read more

America as a Banana Republic

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his opponent once elected. But I cannot recall this happening in any Western democracy until this week. The Republican convention has been colorful and chaotic, but above ...Read more

Obama's Whac-A-Mole strategy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It has become conventional wisdom to note that Barack Obama has failed in his efforts to extricate America from military conflicts in the Middle East. Having promised to end these wars, he has in the last year expanded American interventions in Iraq, Syria and other countries. The troop drawdown in Afghanistan has slowed to a trickle...Read more

Politics of the Future: Be Open and Armed

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- If Tony Blair is remembered in history only for his support of the Iraq War, that will be a tragedy. The former British prime minister was one of his generation's most important political leaders, bringing the left out of the wilderness and reshaping it for the post-Cold War world. He remains remarkably prescient about politics. ...Read more

Trump Has Found an Obvious Vice President

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan have explained that their core rationale in supporting Donald Trump is that only he can ensure the success of conservative, free market ideas. The alternative, Ryan notes, is Hillary Clinton, who would simply continue Barack Obama's policies. One wonders how Ryan will continue to ...Read more

The Silence of the Republicans

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves. He would tone down his rhetoric and pivot to the center. "Donald Trump understands that this is not a primary season anymore," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Trump aide Paul Manafort explained that the presumptive...Read more

Can She Win?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton has had a good run in recent days. She delivered her best speech yet, secured the Democratic nomination, beat Bernie Sanders in California and received President Obama's endorsement. But will this last? Can she win in November?

There are scholars who believe that the outcome of a presidential election is determined ...Read more

How Long Will We Ignore Syria's Suffering?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As the conflict in Syria has raged and spilled over its borders, I have been skeptical that there is an American military solution to the complex political and religious problems at the heart of the crisis. I remain skeptical, and am glad that the Obama administration has been reluctant to engage in a large-scale humanitarian ...Read more

America is Still Great But Needs to Stay Strong

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days. Last week, he managed to express two contradictory thoughts within one sentence: "I don't want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly." But on one issue he has been utterly consistent:...Read more

The Winding Down of the Startups

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Silicon Valley has more than 23,000 startups, at least according to the networking site AngelList. It certainly feels that way when you're in Palo Alto. But it turns out that this place is the exception to a worrying trend. It is by now well documented that startup activity has been slowing down in America for about three ...Read more

The Failures of Success

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Iraq is collapsing as a country. This week's bombings in Baghdad, killing more than 90 people, were just one more reminder that the place remains deeply unstable and violent. There is a lesson to be drawn from this, one that is still resisted by many powerful people in Washington.

As Iraq has spiraled downward, policymakers have ...Read more

How Would Trump Fare as America's CEO?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- At the heart of Donald Trump's appeal is his fame as a successful businessman. It's why most of his supporters don't worry about his political views or his crude rhetoric and behavior. He's a great CEO and will get things done. No one believes this more than Trump himself, who argues that his skills in the commercial world amply ...Read more

Trump Defines Foreign Policy Down

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- After Donald Trump's "major" foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker, announced that he was very impressed, extolling "the broadness, the vision" of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was "serious." The National Interest's Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the ...Read more


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