Michael Gerson / Politics

Introspection Time for Evangelicals

WASHINGTON -- Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith ...

Tall Order for GOP in '16

WASHINGTON -- It is the most important development so far in the 2016 presidential race, at least on the Republican side: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is evidently not a total meathead. Which he would have needed to be to have anything to do ...

The Value of a Human Life

WASHINGTON -- From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued -- isn't assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital ...

Leading From Behind the Curve

WASHINGTON -- The nation of Liberia -- founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe -- is not unacquainted with suffering. Two civil wars in the period from 1989 to 2003 and decades of economic...

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 ...