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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

Saudi Arabia: The Devil You Know

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Should the United States cut off its ties to Saudi Arabia? The question emerges amid a swirl of controversies and President Obama's recent visit to the kingdom. I've been a critic of Saudi Arabia for decades, but with all the problems, I think America is better off with the alliance than without.

Congress might soon pass a bill that...Read more

In Defense of the GOP

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Having recently discovered how the nomination process actually works in the Republican Party, Donald Trump is furious. "They wanted to keep people out," he's bellowed. "This is a dirty trick." In fact, Mr. Trump is right on the first count and wrong on the second. Political parties do have mechanisms to "keep people out." But far ...Read more

A Transformational President?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In an interview during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama explained that Ronald Reagan had changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton did not. Clearly, Obama aspired to be a transformational president like Reagan. At this point, it's fair to say that he has succeeded. Look at what's happened during ...Read more

Radical Before They Were Religious

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The attacks in Brussels, on the heels of those in Paris and San Bernardino, have stoked an already white-hot debate about Islamic terrorism in America. Many in the West, including the two Republican front-runners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, urge a campaign that targets Muslim communities more directly, searching for those who might ...Read more


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