Michael Gerson / Politics

Obama's Careful War

WASHINGTON -- The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on...

Carrying the Fight to the Enemy

WASHINGTON -- As America pivots back to the Middle East -- in belated recognition that America's enemies never pivoted from their intention to establish a territorial expression of radical Islamism -- President Obama is more likely to change his ...

Nature Out to Kill Us

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes the artifice of writing -- metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote -- fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions ...

The Importance of History

WASHINGTON -- The monumental tapestry triptych by Marc Chagall, hanging in the State Hall of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, hints at some of the artist's own memories, including from his childhood in Vitebsk, Russia. But these float among ...

Too Detached to Lead?

WASHINGTON -- Having once served a president, I don't begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence ...

No Time to Lead From Behind

WASHINGTON -- Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, "ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed." President Obama said, "people like this ...