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Trump's true talent is marketing failure as success

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's recurring criticism of his predecessor is that he just didn't know how to make a deal. "Obama is not a natural deal maker," he tweeted in 2016, complaining that there was no accord on Syria. "Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly," he predicted incorrectly back in 2013. Trump was ...Read more

Teachers need more than appreciation

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I intended to write on the subject, but a more newsy topic intervened. That's an apt metaphor for what is happening to the plight of teachers in America today. We live in a media environment in which the urgent often crowds out the important. But this week, I will stick to my plans.

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Trump has just proved Iran right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Jeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a "chaos president." And this week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America's closest European allies, and raising tensions in the most unstable part of the globe, the Middle East.

It is hard to understand the rationale behind Trump's decision ...Read more

Why Trump is manufacturing an immigration crisis

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has claimed that the group of migrants that recently made its way from Central America to the United States symbolizes out-of-control immigration, lawlessness and violence besetting the country. "Getting more dangerous. 'Caravans' coming," he tweeted last month. This week, he added: "The migrant 'caravan' that is openly ...Read more

Emmanuel Macron's bid to save the West

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Macron came, saw and conquered Washington this week. But the French president is trying to do something much harder than generate buzz and goodwill. He is trying to stop Donald Trump from dividing the Western alliance and disrupting the (already turbulent) Middle East. Watching him at work -- flattering Trump, then politely ...Read more

America does have a 'deep state' -- of law

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The most remarkable parts of James Comey's memoir are not about Donald Trump. We already knew most of the interesting revelations, and some of the others are gossip and color commentary. But in his discussion of the George W. Bush administration, Comey is far more revealing and highlights something crucial and hopeful about America -...Read more

The last Reaganite

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Paul Ryan's decision to retire from Congress is being interpreted as a sign by many that Republicans will do poorly in the midterm elections. That may be true, but Ryan's exit also symbolizes a broad shift that has taken place within the party. It marks the end of the Reagan revolution.

The GOP of the 1950s and '60s was the party of...Read more

Trump's unconventional methods are worth a try in China

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

Ever since the departure of top advisers Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster, it does seem as if the Trump White House has gotten more chaotic, if that were possible. But amid the noise and tumult, including the crazy tweets about Amazon and Mexico, let's be honest -- on one big, fundamental point, Donald Trump is right: China is a trade cheat.

Many of...Read more

Trump's art of the deal isn't working in foreign policy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- By way of explanation for some of President Trump's bizarre foreign policy moves, we are often told that he is "unconventional" and that this could well be an asset. It's certainly true that he doesn't follow standard operating procedure on almost anything, from getting daily intelligence briefings to staffing the State Department. ...Read more

A hard rain's gonna fall in Silicon Valley

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- We might look back on 2017 as the last moment of unbridled faith and optimism in the technology industry. The revelations about Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data -- mining more than 50 million users' personal information -- came at a time when people were already considering appropriate ways to curb the handful of powerful ...Read more

Trump fueled crisis over Iran nuclear deal

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed out by resignations and vacancies, and neutered by President Trump's impulsive and personal decision-making style. But Pompeo's most immediate challenge will not be rebuilding the department and restoring...Read more

Trade is the Republican Party's last stand

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now -- much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports. It is the Republican Party's last stand against a total takeover by Donald Trump. Having ceded ground to the president on everything from personal character to immigration ...Read more

Xi is transforming China. Is Washington taking notice?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Amid the flurry of news about Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner and this week's Trump reality show on guns, it would be easy to miss what's happening in China. But it is huge and consequential. China is making the most significant change to its political system in 35 years. What impact will this have on China and the world? That's the ...Read more

America is not immune from forces of democratic decay

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- A few weeks ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published the 10th edition of its Democracy Index, a comprehensive ranking of nations that looks at 60 measures in five categories, ranging from electoral process to civil liberties. For the second consecutive year, the United States failed to make the top bracket of "full democracy" ...Read more

America withdraws as the Middle East burns

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There's a lot to be optimistic about today. In almost every part of the world, economies are growing and war, poverty and disease are receding. But then there is the Middle East.

Syria remains a collapsed country; more than 5 million of its people have already fled. Yemen is now the site of the world's worst famine, and the war ...Read more

"South Korea -- the World's Most Successful Country"

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As the world's attention turns briefly away from Donald Trump and toward the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, it's worth focusing not just on the sports but on this year's host country. South Korea is, in some senses, the most successful nation in the world, and its success provides some crucial lessons.

First, the economics -- South...Read more

Trump has drawn three red lines that are bound to be crossed

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's State of the Union speech mostly ignored the world outside of America. He made a few tough statements on things like the Iran deal and Guantanamo and described (accurately) the evil nature of the North Korean regime, but he said very little about his foreign policy. This masks a more dangerous reality. The Trump ...Read more

Trump acted like a normal president at Davos. Good!

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS -- Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, I have said that when he did something right, I would say so. That's gotten me into trouble with some readers, but I'm going to do it again. On Friday at the World Economic Forum, Trump gave a good speech that was forthright, intelligent and conciliatory, embracing the world rather than ...Read more

 
 

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