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Why I now support the impeachment inquiry

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I have long opposed the various efforts to impeach Donald Trump. Overturning an election should be a rare event, undertaken in only the most extreme circumstances. The process would create deep wounds in an already divided nation. And, as a practical matter, since it's highly unlikely that a Republican-controlled Senate would vote by...Read more

China's grand parades might mask its weakness

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump finally got to see the kind of military parade he longed for. Unfortunately for him, it was in Beijing, not Washington. You will recall that in 2018, Trump directed the Pentagon to put on a lavish show of arms to demonstrate America's might. When news of its cost got out -- an estimated $92 million -- he scuttled the ...Read more

Trump's misbehavior is part of a global pattern

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Whether you think it rises to the level of an impeachable offense, can we all agree that what President Trump did was profoundly wrong? He pressured a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent. This is very different from the Russia investigation, which was at its core about whether, as a candidate, Trump had ...Read more

Ancient wisdom for Trump's Iran policy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- "The enemy gets a vote." American military leaders are fond of using that line. Gen. James Mattis used it so often that it is sometimes attributed to him. In fact, it is a nugget of wisdom dating back to Sun Tzu, the Chinese military strategist, who counseled that one must "know the enemy." It describes the central mistake of Donald ...Read more

Trump can still get a win on foreign policy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As he moves on to his fourth national security adviser in less than three years, it's become clear that Donald Trump's foreign policy is in shambles. It has produced turmoil but achieved almost nothing. Despite all the boasts, there are no new deals with China, Iran, North Korea, the Taliban, or between the Israelis and Palestinians ...Read more

The end of the world's most successful political party

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Britain's Tories are arguably the most successful political party of the modern age. The Conservatives have ruled Britain for nearly 60 of the 90 years since 1929 (the country's first election with universal adult suffrage). But this week we watched the beginning of the end of the Conservative Party as we have known it.

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The last defenders of free trade are in Africa

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The best word to describe the mood of the global economy these days is gloomy. The pessimism is closely tied to the loss of faith in free markets and free trade, the two forces that propelled the world economy for the last seven decades. The United States, long the staunchest supporter of these ideas, has moved into full-scale ...Read more

Trump's trade war is not working

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump has set off what could end up becoming a full-blown trade war. As we go down this path, it is worth keeping something firmly in view: Tariffs don't work. I'm not spouting free-market theory; I'm simply making a practical observation. There have been many efforts in recent decades to help industries in decline in ...Read more

U.S. needs to end the war with Afghanistan without losing the peace

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is clearly searching for a way out of Afghanistan. This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bluntly explained the president's directions to him: "End the endless wars. Draw down. Reduce." Trump's frustration with this long and inconclusive conflict is well-founded. Washington cannot simply keep doing what it has been ...Read more

Boris Johnson will accelerate the decline of Europe

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Britain has a new prime minister, and Donald Trump approves. "He's tough and he's smart," Trump said of Boris Johnson. "They call him 'Britain Trump.' And people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there." In fact, according to YouGov, only 21% of Britons have a favorable view of Trump, while 67% have a negative view. (...Read more

The cancerous consensus in today's politicized Washington

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

You often hear that in these polarized times, Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked on almost everything. But the real scandal is what both sides agree on. The best example of this might be the defense budget. Last week, the Democratic House, which Republicans say is filled with radicals, voted to appropriate $733 billion for 2020 defense ...Read more

The road to another Middle Eastern war

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The best illustration of the incoherence of the administration's strategy toward Iran came last week in a White House press release. "There is little doubt that even before the deal's existence, Iran was violating its terms," it read. The White House has not subsequently explained how a country can violate the terms of a deal before ...Read more

Why American conservatism failed

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Today's crisis of conservatism has produced surprisingly few books that try to understand what exactly has happened to the venerable creed. For decades, conservatism was a dominant ideology in the Western world, championed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Now it has quietly collapsed. Donald Trump's populism has taken over the...Read more

Democrats, the asylum crisis is real

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Given President Trump's mean-spirited and often bigoted attitudes on immigration, it pains me to say that he is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system. Democrats might hope that the out-of-control situation at the southern border undermines Trump's image among his base as a tough guy who can tackle ...Read more

Hong Kong reminds us of China's fragility

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last Sunday, according to organizers, about 2 million people marched in a Chinese city to protest an extradition bill that they labeled Chinese "tyranny." If accurate, it would mean that one in four Hong Kongers was out in the streets fighting Chinese encroachment. While it is difficult to predict what path this story will take, it ...Read more


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