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...

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...