Questions Congress Should Ask the Defense Secretary Nominee

by Walter Pincus

President-elect Donald Trump has called his chosen Defense Secretary, retired Marine General James Mattis “the real deal,” but after January 20, will President Trump, an amateur when it comes to...

A Challenging Four Years for the Media

by Walter Pincus

Don’t be fooled that there is a new Donald Trump now that he is president-elect. As I have written before, this Trump presidency is going to test our democratic institutions, not just Congress and...

Oversight Needed on Trump's Global War Against Islamic Terror

by Walter Pincus

Prepare yourselves for a stepped-up, worldwide war against Islamic radical terrorists directed from the White House by President-elect Donald Trump and his closest aides, who claim this to be a 21st...

The Test Facing Congress and the Incoming Trump Administration

by Walter Pincus

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be...

American Democracy in Trouble

by Walter Pincus

No matter who wins today’s election, the American democratic system is in trouble. Should Donald Trump win, the country would have a president who has threatened to use his powers against those who...

Keep Ash Carter at Defense

by Walter Pincus

Hillary Clinton should keep Ash Carter as Defense Secretary if, as expected, she wins the presidency next week. With American troops fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, major Carter initiatives...

Giving Congress a Say on a No-Fly Zone in Syria

by Walter Pincus

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should tell voters over the next two weeks that if elected, she would seek congressional authorization before ordering the Pentagon to institute a...

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...