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Commentary: It's apparent Putin still calls shots in Syria Commentary: It's apparent Putin still calls shots in Syria
6 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Almost exactly 10 years before launching a Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian air base, Donald J. Trump enjoyed a similar triumph in an internationally televised, pay-per-view spectacle called the “Battle of the Billionaires.” [Read More]
Commentary: U.S., Russia rerun their classic thriller Commentary: U.S., Russia rerun their classic thriller
6 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Some one thousand miles due east of Moscow’s always-tightly secured Kremlin, where Russia’s president and foreign minister met Wednesday with America’s secretary of state, life has long seemed pastoral and downright peaceful. [Read More]
Commentary: Can Trump mend Obama's errors? Commentary: Can Trump mend Obama's errors?
6 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
President Obama talked tough and acted meekly, and his policies were therefore a factor in thousands of people losing their lives, the Syrian refugee crisis, Middle East mayhem generally and U.S. leadership taking a dive worldwide, say such analysts as Robert Kagan of Brookings Institution. [Read More]
Commentary: Executing guilty, innocent in Arkansas Commentary: Executing guilty, innocent in Arkansas
6 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005. Unless clemency is granted, seven of them — an eighth man was granted a temporary reprieve — will be given lethal injections all within a 10-day period, between April 17 and 27. [Read More]
Commentary: We live in age of wonkery Commentary: We live in age of wonkery
6 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
If you were a certain sort of ideas-oriented young person coming of age in the 20th century, it was very likely you would give yourself a label and join some movement. You would call yourself a Marxist, a neoconservative, a Freudian, an existentialist or a New Deal liberal. [Read More]
Commentary: On Syria, Trump needs to be Trump Commentary: On Syria, Trump needs to be Trump
6 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
The Trump foreign policy team has been all over the map on what to do next in Syria — topple the regime, intensify aid to rebels, respond to any new attacks on innocent civilians. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump should explain his Syria policy Commentary: Trump should explain his Syria policy
6 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Belligerence is in the air in Washington. President Trump is enjoying (extremely rare) bipartisan praise for a cruise-missile attack on Syria. There’s tough talk from some Republicans about more. And even tougher talk about Russia. North Korea, too. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump was right to strike Syria Commentary: Trump was right to strike Syria
6 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
President Donald Trump’s airstrikes against Syria were of dubious legality. They were hypocritical. They were impulsive. They may have had political motivations. They create new risks for the United States. [Read More]
Commentary: On Syria, Trump turns traditional Commentary: On Syria, Trump turns traditional
6 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
In some ways, the most remarkable thing about President Trump’s decision to fire missiles at Syria last week was how oddly traditional he made it sound. [Read More]
Commentary: The Middle East's siren call Commentary: The Middle East's siren call
6 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. [Read More]
Commentary: Incompetence crisis looming Commentary: Incompetence crisis looming
6 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
I just read that the Trump administration has filled only 22 of the 553 key positions that require Senate confirmation. This makes me worry that the administration will not have enough manpower to produce the same volume and standard of incompetence that we’ve come to expect so far. [Read More]
Commentary: Let's not look away from Syria Commentary: Let's not look away from Syria
6 weeks ago - - KATHRYN LOPEZ
Sometimes chemical weapons and missiles have an odd way of uniting people, however briefly. [Read More]
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