SINGAPORE -- In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected member of the Communist Party. I asked him how the news was being received in Beijing. He replied in words to the effect of: "We would hope that you would send the entire...Read more
NEW YORK -- In thinking about America's enduring racial divide, I found myself intrigued by some lessons from an unlikely source -- Singapore. To help prepare for a trip there next week (as a guest of the National University of Singapore, I asked the country's deputy prime minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, what he regarded as the country's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I am an optimist, both by temperament and observation. But I maintain my hopeful outlook partly because I know that less optimistic people will regularly see problems and challenges and sound the alarms -- to which we will respond. Pope Francis has issued just such a warning with his encyclical on the environment.
The document is ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Of the many unnerving aspects of the future of the Middle East, a nuclear arms race would top the list. And it is to feed that unease that Saudi Arabia has been periodically dropping hints that, if Iran's nuclear ambitions go unchecked, it might just have to get nuclear weapons itself. Last week, the Saudi ambassador to London made ...Read more
NEW YORK -- It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue -- their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is "the worst possible candidate ... on the most important issue." Marco Rubio opines that "he has no idea what he's talking about." Lindsey Graham concludes that it would be "devastating" for the party to ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad. He explained the Islamic State's takeover of Ramadi by saying, "Iraqi forces showed no will to fight." He just forgot to complete the sentence by adding the words, "for Iraq."
It's clear that there are many ...Read more
LONDON -- On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office -- once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill, and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges -- from Greece's possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis...Read more
SEATTLE -- The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revolution. These two great engines have been chugging away, integrating Asia into the global system and ushering in a digital age that is now invading every corner of life. Democratic opposition ...Read more
The HangmanDee Rose
When he is murdered, he is given demonic powers and escapes purgatory to go back to earth and avenge his death as The Hangman. However, unbeknown to him, a war has broken out between good and evil. He must choose a side. To either join the demon who gave him his powers and the legions of ...
NEW YORK -- Israel's new coalition government, formed with the slimmest possible majority in its parliament, likely means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act even more cautiously than he has in the past. This is a tragedy because Israel faces an extraordinary strategic opportunity.
At first glance, it might seem absurd to speak ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Reading about the short, troubled life of Freddie Gray -- who suffered lead poisoning as a child, was arrested for drug offenses more than a dozen times, and eventually died in police custody nearly two weeks ago in Baltimore -- I recalled a description of this world of young men, mostly black, trapped in America's criminal justice ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The discussion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas -- or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to change the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Obama administration's foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East -- negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?
Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States...Read more
NEW YORK -- At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? The answer for many critics of the deal is self-evident. The Iranians are "apocalyptic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can't "bet on their rationality." Sen. Lindsey Graham says "I think ...Read more
NEW YORK -- When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran's nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it -- and there are really only two.
First, a return to sanctions. Let's say ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Yemen's descent into chaos -- with jihadi groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority -- has startled many observers. Just months ago, the White House was touting the country as a model for its anti-terrorism campaign. But Yemen's trajectory should not surprise anyone. It follows a familiar pattern in the Arab world, one that ...Read more
NEW YORK -- In an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" soon before he was re-elected as Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about Iran's nuclear program. "If I had to choose," Netanyahu ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, he entered Never-Neverland, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on...Read more