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Donald Trump's lost opportunity

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced ...Read more

Trump: For the love of Putin

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The latest revelations about Russia and Donald Trump's campaign are useful because they might help unravel the mystery that has always been at the center of this story. Why has Trump had such a rosy attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin? It is such an unusual position for Trump that it begs for some kind of explanation.

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On North Korea, hope is not a strategy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world's most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and ...Read more

The real problem for the Democrats

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Democratic Party has reacted to its series of recent election losses by once again concluding that it needs a better economic message. As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said last Sunday, "Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda." The only disagreement within the party is about how sharp-...Read more

Trump stumbles into another decade of war in the Middle East

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump's latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the ...Read more

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

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