Michael Gerson / Politics

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 ...

Rand Paul's Bogus Outreach

WASHINGTON -- Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low?

Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the ...

The Paradox of American Diversity

WASHINGTON -- While I was growing up in an overwhelmingly white, resolutely middle-class neighborhood west of St. Louis, the city of Ferguson -- about 20 minutes north around I-270, past the airport -- was never an intended destination. It was a ...

Smacked by Reality in the Middle East

WASHINGTON -- So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which...

Ebola Fever

WASHINGTON -- A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn't want their institution to be known as an "AIDS hospital."...

Bet On Africa Rising

WASHINGTON -- As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa's brand problem in America has grown significantly worse. Two events -- the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram and a ...