Mattis Needs Luck to Explain ISIS Options to Trump

by Walter Pincus

President Trump wanted a military plan from his generals to “totally obliterate ISIS.” Instead, he is getting a series of political-military options put together not just by the Defense...

The More Said, the More Questions Raised in Flynn Firing

by Walter Pincus

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, during three Sunday television interview programs, gave different and sometimes confusing stories about what activities led to President Trump’s firing of...

Howard Baker’s Words and the Flynn Controversy

by Walter Pincus

“What did the President know and when did he know it?” For those of us who went through Watergate, that question, first posed by Sen. Howard Baker (R-TN), is the one most relevant today as the...

DHS Secretary Kelly's Border Remedies Differ from Trump

by Walter Pincus

Last Tuesday, days before the current Trump ordered roundup of illegal aliens began, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly went out of his way to urge members of the House Committee on Homeland...

Very Mixed Results So Far in Trump-Led Shake-Up

by Walter Pincus

The shake-up that Donald Trump voters wanted when they put him into the Oval Office has begun – with very mixed results. Trump’s ill-prepared, travel ban for individuals entering the U.S. from...

It’s Only Just Begun: The Detainment and Removal of Illegal Immigrants

by Walter Pincus

Prepare yourselves. The travel ban fiasco is just the beginning. Ignored so far in last week’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Security is the Trump...

Reality Has Got to Set In: The Trump Administration and the Defense Budget

by Walter Pincus

For a moment, try to ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and rambling speeches and let’s look at what the Trump administration may be thinking about when it comes to his campaign promise to...

President-elect Trump: Can He Keep His Eyes on the Road?

by Walter Pincus

“The great thing about being around Donald Trump is, you never have any confusion about who is driving the bus,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. I question...

Deterring Moscow’s Cyber Threat

by Walter Pincus

Let’s agree on one thing, when it comes to Russia’s recent interference with the U.S. presidential election, no one yet has found a way to deter President Vladimir Putin from doing it again –...

Time for Congress to Invoke Tougher Sanctions on Russia

by Walter Pincus

Will Congress reassert itself by passing new economic sanctions against Russia for using hacked emails to disrupt the U.S. presidential election if President-elect Donald Trump objects? Last Friday,...