Opinion

Paradise lost: We suffer, grieve when others do

WASHINGTON – When polarity defines us, it’s easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that destroyed lives,...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2018 | COLUMN: Kathleen Parker

Can one GOP candidate take on Trump in 2020?

WASHINGTON – Republicans who are thinking about opposing President Trump in the 2020 primaries are facing the hardest of political choices. What are the handholds for a challenger to Trump?...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Dems will do all of these self-destructive things

WASHINGTON – In the spirit of the political season, I want to claim credit for the most STUPENDOUS, INSIGHTFUL and POWERFUL political strategy since Pericles bound the DELIAN LEAGUE into an empire...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

On Tuesday, the people began their big push back

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday night, America stepped back from the abyss. It was not, perhaps, the overwhelming repudiation of President Trump’s vulgar, divisive, race-baiting and sometimes lawless...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Afghanistan shows security cost in hostile world

WASHINGTON – The Afghan War – really, the war against terrorists and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – has elements of a Greek tragedy. It was unavoidable, but seemingly unwinnable....

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

What Khashoggi’s death says about America

NEW YORK – The apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi tells us something important about Saudi Arabia. But it also tells us something important about America. First, Saudi Arabia. As has been often...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | COLUMN: Fareed Zakaria

America’s foreign policy vacuum filled by cruelty

WASHINGTON – Whatever the eventual consequences of the Saudi Arabian regime’s suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump’s initial response indicated much about...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Solving climate change may well be impossible

WASHINGTON – If there were any doubt before, there should be none now. “Solving” the global climate change problem may be humankind’s mission impossible. That’s the gist of the latest report from...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump, who doesn’t drink, goes on another bender

WASHINGTON – President Trump, in the Rose Garden on Monday morning to celebrate a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, displayed a side seldom, if ever, seen before: a flash of self-awareness....

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | COLUMN: Dana Milbank

We saw two human beings flayed – and for what?

WASHINGTON – In the end, everything – every blasted thing – gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again. That now includes the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not, of course, that...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Samuelson: Why we don’t prepare for the future

WASHINGTON – More than 20 years ago, I wrote that Americans would solve their most pressing problems through either consensus or crisis. We would debate the country’s controversial issues until we...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Gerson: Republicans must pick their point of resistance

WASHINGTON – One of the unpleasant surprises of your 50s (among many) is seeing the heroes and mentors of your 20s pass away. I worked for the late Chuck Colson of Watergate fame, who became,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

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