If This Were a Real World Election

by Walter Pincus

Fox News’ Chris Wallace has said as moderator, he plans to make “foreign hot spots” one of the 15-minute topics in tomorrow night’s final presidential debate. This has been far from an ideal...

No Simple Choices When it Comes to Syria

by Walter Pincus

President Obama, and therefore the United States, has not faced simple choices when it comes to Syria and certainly none that would satisfy Americans’ traditional demand for instant gratification...

The Problem is Congress, Not the Presidency

by Walter Pincus

The Congress is the main cause of our broken government, not the Presidency. Yet public anger with Washington’s failure to act on key federal government problems has seen angry new voters turning...

The Snowden Movie Does Not Get to the Truth

by Walter Pincus

We still do not know the full Edward Snowden story, and the new Oliver Stone movie about the former NSA contractor makes getting at the truth more difficult. I recognize it’s fictionalized, but for...

Trump's Temperamental Tirade

by Walter Pincus

The real Donald Trump appeared last Saturday evening near the end of a Colorado Spring, Colorado airport rally. The new, teleprompter-controlled persona Trump has become, switched to his real self...

Is Trump “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?"

by Walter Pincus

Donald Trump is selling himself as a businessman, so let’s see how much he knows about budgets, particularly when it comes to defense. In his September 7 speech on Pentagon issues, he said with...

Trump’s Statements: More than Just Words Abroad

by Walter Pincus

What presidential candidate Donald Trump says on the spur of the moment about foreign events – without understanding, or perhaps caring about its impact overseas — can create serious and...

Why Nation Building is Needed to "Halt the Spread of Radical Islam"

by Walter Pincus

Before Donald Trump speaks out again on the subject of nation-building, I suggest he – or his staff – study what the Pentagon terms “Building Partner Capacity,” which has been expanding over...

The Budget Certainty Congress Denies the Pentagon

by Walter Pincus

“Superficial and emotional” was the way retired Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey described the current presidential campaign discussion of military affairs in an interview published in...

Trump's "New Approach" to the Mideast is Already Going On

by Walter Pincus

Listening to the U.S. presidential campaign, you would hardly know there is a real war going on in the Middle East, involving thousands of American men and women in the armed forces and intelligence...