Michael Gerson / Politics

Learning the American Language

WASHINGTON -- On July 9, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read to the citizens of New York -- "We hold these truths to be self-evident ... " -- they responded by decapitating an equestrian statue of George III, cutting...

On Iraq, Difficult Choices

WASHINGTON -- The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

Walking on the South Lawn of the White House with his chief of staff, Obama effectively canceled airstrikes against the Syrian ...

The Power of Authenticity

WASHIGNTON -- When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, the state of New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have been more different. Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the Senate's brilliant, urbane, bow-tied ...

An Arrogant and Lawless IRS

WASHINGTON -- Noted management expert and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was apparently called out of retirement -- like the Ted Williams of evasive, unapologetic bureaucrats -- to destroy what is left of his agency's credibility.

At immediate ...

Iraq Must Be Saved From Extremists

WASHINGTON -- The debate over who lost Iraq is tempting, emotionally satisfying and even, in some cases, historically instructive. But it is not the focus of serious foreign policy thinkers and former government officials I've encountered over the...

The Reality Conservatives Must Face

WASHINGTON -- Various factions of the GOP continue to rummage through House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's astonishing primary loss for confirmation of their pre-existing views. The entire enterprise of turning 36,000 votes in the Richmond suburbs ...