Leave Military Decisions to Those Who Actually Served

by Walter Pincus

In miniature, President Trump’s impetuous attempt to ban transgender individuals from military service illustrates why he is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief of America’s armed...

Kushner Stumbles on Bumps in the Road on Mideast Junket

by Walter Pincus

The whirlwind Middle East trip last week by Trump son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and his team working to restart Israel-Palestinian talks highlighted the fallout from earlier policy...

No Direct Way to Denuke Pyongyang

by Walter Pincus

The United States and its allies need to focus first on freezing North Korea’s current nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs with a goal of deterring Kim Jong-un from expanding his...

U.S. Nuclear Arsenal a Deterrent, Not an Impromptu Threat

by Walter Pincus

Within the next week, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump will face situations that will require them to take steps that could increase already heightened tensions,...

Trump's War Wider than Afghanistan

by Walter Pincus

Afghanistan is now President Donald Trump’s war, but it’s wider than just that country. Having refused to accept a strategy and operational plan presented to him last month by Defense Secretary...

Pushback Against Iran

by Walter Pincus

As if there were not enough world problems already facing the United States, President Donald Trump is now talking about declaring Iran “non-compliant” with the July 2015 nuclear agreement that...

Trump’s Memory Failures

by Walter Pincus

President Donald Trump’s penchant for making misleading or false statements has been well documented. Former CIA Director John Brennan last week offered a possible reason – one that should be a...

Will Congress Break the Budget Caps This Time Around?

by Walter Pincus

The Congress is heading for another budget crisis as the beginning of fiscal 2018 approaches on October 1. At issue is when and how Congress will act to repeal, replace, or amend – not Obamacare in...

Did Trump Really “Strongly Press” Putin on Election Meddling?

by Walter Pincus

A Trump administration “cover up” is underway. I am not talking about the concealing of activities related to the criminal investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and...

U.S. Fails to Unscramble Mixed Messages on Qatar-Saudi Dispute

by Walter Pincus

Two weeks have passed since I wrote the column about the Saudi-Qatar split, and as of today the Trump administration seems still unable to get its mixed messages together so Washington can play the...