What the Mueller Indictment Means

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — It’s time to put Paul J. Manafort into the chronology of the Russian intelligence hacking program, as described in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller III’s indictment of 12...

Is North Korea Boiling Down to a War of Words?

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried Sunday to use current U.S. relations with an old wartime enemy, the Communist government in Vietnam, as a prod for Kim Jong-un to move forward on...

North Korea May Be Back on Track, but Are They Ready to Make a Deal?

by Walter Pincus

The Trump administration has yet to make public its objectives for a North Korea denuclearization agreement, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated what it should contain during questioning by...

Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review: Cold War Redux?

by Walter Pincus

In various and sundry NATO countries, the United States has stationed 200-plus B-61 tactical nuclear bombs, current and older versions of which have dial-a-yield settings that allow various explosive...

Heed the Three Wise Men of National Security

by Walter Pincus

“Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.” Then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump said that in his first foreign policy speech in...

Is Team Trump Tilting at Windmills in Syria?

by Walter Pincus

Does the Trump administration have a viable strategy for Syria — and the tools and capability to carry it out? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to articulate his interpretation of the...

North Korea 'Bloody Nose' Could Turn into Torrent

by Walter Pincus

“We have to deal with North Korea as it is, not as we wish it to be.” Does President Trump understand those words? They were spoken less than two months ago by former Defense Secretary William...

Trump Races Down 'Road to Authoritarianism'

by Walter Pincus

Don’t be diverted by gossip and bizarre tweets. The most important record of events shows that President Donald Trump and his allies are taking the U.S. federal government down a road toward...

Trump's Trigger Finger: Nuke Review Ditches Obama Pledges

by Walter Pincus

The Trump administration may open the New Year with a bang – a nuclear bang – with the impending release of its Nuclear Posture Review. One of President Donald Trump’s first executive orders,...

Anti-Mueller Campaign: Building Wall Against Future Impeachment Push?

by Walter Pincus

A coordinated operation is underway between the White House and Republican members of Congress to undermine Special Counsel Robert A. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the...