Politics, Moderate



Republicans failed to govern, but Democrats have a chance to succeed

WASHINGTON -- This week was a vivid demonstration of the inability of conservatives to deliver results after the great populist revolts in 2016 in Britain and America. And it showed that there is a golden opportunity for liberals in both countries to tackle the public concerns that motivated the mistaken decisions to vote for Brexit and Donald ...Read more

For Taiwan, the 'status quo' is an increasingly delicate balancing act

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- If you like betting on embattled underdogs, President Tsai Ing-wen is worth a look. She's tempting the wrath of her powerful neighbor in mainland China by arguing that Taiwan must maintain its own open culture, democratic values and, yes, its sovereignty.

Tsai is a petite woman, dressed in a plain black suit, who speaks the ...Read more

Information war led to Khashoggi's murder

WASHINGTON -- When Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, he didn't know he was walking into a killing zone. He had become the prime target in a 21st-century information war -- one that involved hacking, kidnapping and ultimately murder -- waged by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his courtiers against ...Read more

Michael Flynn appears to have come full circle

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn appears to have come full circle, if you read carefully the sentencing memo released Tuesday by special counsel Robert Mueller recommending that Flynn serve no jail time despite pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

The Trump campaign warrior of 2016 who led chants of "lock her up" deriding ...Read more

America needs to learn how to win wars without fighting

WASHINGTON -- Listen to the voice barking orders on a Russian ship last Sunday as it drove straight toward a Ukrainian tug: "Crush him from the right. ... Do it! Do it! [Expletive] cut him off!" And then, just before the deliberate collision, a satisfied: "Hold on, everyone."

What you hear is the raw exuberance of Russian power, in the audio ...Read more

How a Saudi family feud fueled paranoia that led to Khashoggi's murder

EDITORS -- This column is an abridged version of a 4,000-word piece that was published on washingtonpost.com.

WASHINGTON -- Behind the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi lies a power struggle within the Saudi royal family that helped feed the paranoia and recklessness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Eventually, this rage in the royal court ...Read more

Trump should use next week's G-20 summit find a trade victory with China

WASHINGTON -- If President Trump is the dealmaker he claims to be, he should use the upcoming G-20 summit in Buenos Aires to declare a win in his trade war with China -- before his bombast does any more damage to the global economy.

Trade is Trump's signature issue. But more than a year after he began threatening tariffs on major trading ...Read more

A Thanksgiving wish: Slow it down

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Here's a simple four-word wish for Thanksgiving 2018 -- a day when most of us take a break from the blurring, dizzying speed of our internet world: Let's slow things down.

I don't just mean stopping to smell the roses, or taking a hike in the woods, or hiding our screens for a few hours. I mean, literally: Slow down the ...Read more

America's overt payback for China's covert espionage

WASHINGTON -- While the bombastic U.S.-China "trade war" has been getting the headlines, U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have been waging a quieter battle to combat Chinese theft of trade secrets from American companies -- a practice so widespread that even China trade boosters regard it as egregious.

The Trump administration's ...Read more

The world is adapting to the reality of Donald Trump as president

WASHINGTON -- One of the assumptions that economists sometimes use to frame their models is to specify that some variables will be held constant, a concept that's expressed with the Latin phrase ceteris paribus.

We often make the same mistake in politics and foreign policy. We concentrate on our own domestic issues and assume that the ...Read more

America's leaders could learn much from the ghosts of 1918

WASHINGTON -- What would the ghosts of 1918 -- not just the soldiers who were slaughtered in the trenches of World War I, but the statesmen who failed to make a durable peace afterward -- tell politicians a century later about the perilous world we inhabit today?

Ruminations about past and present are inescapable this week. America just ...Read more

America needs a leader who can capture the high ground of technology

AUSTIN, Texas -- A conference here to gather American business and military experts to discuss the coming revolution in artificial intelligence was a good Election-Day measure of the challenges ahead to maintain the U.S. competitive edge.

Corporate and government leaders agree that China's rapid application of AI to business and military ...Read more

Mattis walks the Trump tightrope over sending U.S. troops to border

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump issues an election-time order to send up to 15,000 troops to confront what many experts say is a non-existent threat on the U.S.-Mexico border, what should Defense Secretary Jim Mattis do about it?

Mattis' answer, so far, has been to support the president and mostly keep his mouth shut. He gruffly batted back ...Read more

In Pittsburgh, 'Hate has no home here'

PITTSBURGH -- From a distance, the Tree of Life Synagogue now looks like another American crime scene. Police tape blocks off the Wilkins Avenue entrance of the temple, and patrol cars guard the perimeter with flashing lights.

But just at the yellow-tape barrier, the closest spot to the horror of what happened here Saturday, people have left ...Read more

Khashoggi was part of a long tradition of brave Arab journalists

WASHINGTON -- Why was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman so afraid of Jamal Khashoggi that he reportedly gave orders this past summer to bring the Washington Post contributor back to Saudi Arabia?

We'll still be left with that question after the Saudi and Turkish investigations are done, and the designated culprits are convicted. What was the ...Read more

Saudi royal family circles its wagons amid Khashoggi crisis

WASHINGTON -- Of all the people who have anguished responses to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Turki al-Faisal is a special case: This pillar of the Saudi establishment says in an interview that he is "shocked" by the loss of his longtime protégé, but is standing behind King Salman and the crown prince during this period of crisis.

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What did U.S. spy agencies know about threats on Khashoggi, and when?

WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia must conduct a serious, no-holds-barred investigation of the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom's relationship with America, and its access to global financial markets, hangs in the balance.

But in the meantime, the Senate and House intelligence committees should begin...Read more

A brooding crown prince searches for a scapegoat

WASHINGTON -- Inside his royal place in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have alternated between dark brooding and rampaging anger in the days after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, as the crown prince looked for someone to blame for what Turkish officials have said was a grisly murder.

One possible scapegoat, according to several sources, ...Read more

Jamal Khashoggi -- a Saudi patriot and an indomitable journalist

WASHINGTON -- The long road that took Jamal Khashoggi to the front door of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the horror that lay inside began in the 1980s in Afghanistan, when he was a passionate young journalist who supported the Saudi establishment -- but couldn't resist criticizing the royal family when he thought they were wrong.

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Western spy agencies strike back

WASHINGTON -- One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy -- the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries -- does something dumb and gets caught. That's essentially what's been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin's pet spy agency, the GRU.

What's fascinating ...Read more


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