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Why polarization is now so deep

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK - Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice was a ghastly example of the political polarization that is ripping this country apart. Political scientists have shown that Congress is more divided than at any time since the end of Reconstruction. I am struck not simply by the depth of partisanship these days, but ...Read more

The Middle East morass

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified America's historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the waters of an unruly Middle East. Since then we have seen a series of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East, and an open split within the Arab world. What is going...Read more

Trump's radical doctrine of retreat

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- We now have a Trump Doctrine, and it is, in its conception at least, the most radical departure from a bipartisan American foreign policy since 1945. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster explain that President Trump has "a clear-eyed outlook ...Read more

How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- This week's bombing in Manchester was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamic terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump's journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it. In fact,...Read more

Trump vs. Comey is he said, he said

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends. He has used them to build his business, dramatize his achievements and embellish his accomplishments. As important, he has used them to explain away his missteps and to paper over his problems. He built a 58-story building in glass and steel, but through his ...Read more

The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump's presidency fairly. I've praised him when he has appointed competent people to high office and expressed support for his policies when they seemed serious and sensible (even though this has drawn criticism from some quarters). But there has always been another aspect to this presidency lurking ...Read more

Trump is hurting America's friends abroad

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There has been much focus on Donald Trump's erratic foreign policy -- the outlandish positions, the many flip-flops, the mistakes. But far more damaging in the long run might be what some have termed the Trump effect -- the impact of Trump on the domestic politics of other countries. That effect appears to be powerful, negative and ...Read more

The education of Donald Trump -- and us

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are so many unusual, unprecedented aspects of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office that it’s hard to know where to begin. By his own yardstick, the number of promises unfulfilled is staggering. During the campaign, Trump said he would ask for a bill repealing Obamacare “my first day in office.” He said he would ...Read more

On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world. President Trump’s team has had a rockier start than most, with many important positions in every key agency still unfilled. More worrying, the administration’s basic foreign policy is coming into view and it is not a reassuring sight -- ...Read more

How to Avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome -- hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment. It’s not that I didn’t notice the harsh, unyielding language against Donald Trump -- I said a few tough things myself -- but that throughout the campaign, Trump seemed to do...Read more

Trump’s Tough Talk is Cheap. Policy is Harder.

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As international crises and foreign policy challenges mount, the world looks to the United States for a broad, consistent strategy that can be relied upon over time. But Donald Trump’s foreign policy seems to change with every meeting, event and crisis. The president does not deny these constant shifts. In fact, he embraces them as...Read more

Trump Could Fix Health Care

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The recent Republican debacle on health care could prove to be an opportunity. It highlighted, yet again, the complexity of America’s system, which continues to be by far the most expensive and inefficient in the advanced world. But Donald Trump could actually use the legislative collapse to fix health care if he went back to ...Read more

Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the Baton to China

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of American leadership on the world stage, we might be watching the beginning of a handover of power from the United States to China. President Trump has embraced a policy of ...Read more

Cyberwarfare is the Real Menace to America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war. The Trump administration has now devoted weeks of time, energy and political capital to rolling out its temporary travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries who, according to the libertarian Cato Institute, have not committed a single...Read more

Don’t Stiff the State Department

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The first time I met Gen. David Petraeus, he said something that surprised me. It was the early days of the Iraq War and, while things were not going well, he had directed his region in the north skillfully and effectively. I asked him whether he wished he had more troops. Petraeus was too politically savvy to criticize the Donald ...Read more

The Return of the Center

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe. Populists of both varieties, who share a disdain for globalization, are energized, and certain that the future is going their way. But the center is rising again, even in the heart of the old world.

Consider Emmanuel...Read more

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