The Gap Between Myth and Reality

by Walter Pincus

In the self-created mythical world that Donald Trump has conjured up through his GOP presidential nomination campaign, the Islamic State terrorists will be gone “very, very, quickly” should he be...

The Two Donald Trumps

by Walter Pincus

Which Donald Trump will show up tomorrow at Washington’s National Press Club to deliver a luncheon speech which, according to his campaign press release, will deal with “the many serious foreign...

What the Candidates Aren't Talking About

by Walter Pincus

Too bad the Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates weren’t present to hear former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last...

A Daring Step for the Secretary of Defense

by Walter Pincus

“In today’s complex world, we need someone in uniform who can look across the services in combatant commands and make objective recommendations to the [Defense] Department’s civilian...

A Closer Look at Sanders’ National Security Strategy

by Walter Pincus

It’s time to take a closer look at the national security views of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). At a campaign rally in the Bronx on March 31, Sanders told a crowd of...

Our New Reality

by Walter Pincus

It’s time for Americans to understand the new world we have entered into. Terrorism linked to today’s electronics represents a modern version of the ancient means of insurgent warfare against...

A Sharper Focus on Trump’s National Security Positions

by Walter Pincus

The danger of Donald Trump’s limited understanding of national security issues has been on display the last few days. His shallowness, which has always been there, comes into sharper focus when you...

The Cost of War

by Walter Pincus

It’s time to think of the costs that more than 14 years of war have had on this country. I’m not just thinking in terms of dollars, although we should worry because most of the added expense,...

Is Trump Selling Fantasies?

by Walter Pincus

In his campaign, Donald Trump has created a fact free zone in which he has for the most part been selling fantasies instead of proposing real government programs. Trump, himself, has indicated that...

On Defense: Carter and the Candidates

by Walter Pincus

Two vastly different conversations about U.S. defense policies took place last week. One conversation centered around Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statements during multiple appearances on the...