Politics, Moderate



An obvious proviso for re-admitting Russia to the G-7

WASHINGTON -- As the G-7 gathers this weekend in Biarritz, President Trump has expressed hope for the return of Russia, the missing guest at the table. But any consideration of this issue requires dealing with Trump's least favorite subject -- Russian cybermeddling in U.S. elections.

The stark reality is that the United States is now fighting a...Read more

The unlikely crusade to save capitalism from itself

WASHINGTON -- "Evolve or die," wrote hedge-fund billionaire Ray Dalio in a manifesto published in April titled "Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed." With each passing month, more business executives have been joining this unlikely crusade to save capitalism from itself.

The loudest reform call yet from inside the system came this week ...Read more

Beware 'moral hazard' in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON -- Watching videos of Chinese protestors singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of "Les Miserables" during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn't want to assist these brave people who are fighting for their freedom.

But beware. The ...Read more

The China challenge is America's new Sputnik moment

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- One of the weirdest aspects of this year's Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of President Trump's most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate.

Trump is steering the country into a foolish trade war with China that has spooked the stock market, frightened farmers and ...Read more

The Marines' new commandant has set the bar for real military reform

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is buzzing about a potentially revolutionary order by the new Marine Corps commandant that bluntly answers the essential question for would-be military reformers: What should we discard from the legacy arsenal to make room for what we need to fight the wars of the future?

"We cannot afford to retain outdated policies,...Read more

In U.S.-China relations, 'friction is the new normal'

ASPEN, Colo. -- Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle -- with more dangerous tests in Hong Kong and Taiwan looming ominously in the background?

Does the U.S. have a strategy in this cascading competition? Do America's military and diplomatic tools ...Read more

Debaters seemed eerily like America-First Democrats

WASHINGTON -- This week's Democratic presidential debates included little substantive discussion of foreign policy -- even about an imminent troop-withdrawal agreement for Afghanistan -- and most of the candidates seemed as eager to retreat from the world as President Trump.

The debaters looked eerily like America-First Democrats, with scant ...Read more

Trump's intelligence shakeup could prove dangerous

WASHINGTON -- Among intelligence professionals, President Trump's nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America's spy agencies prompted deep dismay -- but also a stolid reaffirmation of the spymaster's credo: Let's get on with it.

This combination of incredulity and stoicism was voiced by a half-dozen current and former...Read more

Uncertainty clouds the path forward for Afghanistan

KABUL -- At the military headquarters here where commanders oversee America's longest war, an official explains in one sentence the U.S.-led coalition's bottom-line objective: "Peace is a situation where we can leave, and we don't have to come back."

But how will the United States move toward this endgame, as U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad...Read more

Saudi leader urgently needs to reset relationship with America

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- As America's confrontation with Iran deepens in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military is rushing more than 500 troops to Saudi Arabia, its key partner in the region. The grim but necessary task is to deter Iran and prepare for war, if deterrence fails.

It's time for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to do something ...Read more

America's immediate challenge in the Persian Gulf is maritime security

MUSCAT, Oman -- Here's the most intriguing fact about Iran's apparent seizure on Saturday of a small oil tanker about 240 miles northwest of here: Thus far, it has brought only a muted response from the United Arab Emirates, in whose waters the vessel had been operating, and from the United States, which is quietly organizing a multinational ...Read more


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