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...

Trump’s Statements: More than Just Words Abroad

by Walter Pincus

What presidential candidate Donald Trump says on the spur of the moment about foreign events – without understanding, or perhaps caring about its impact overseas — can create serious and...

Why Nation Building is Needed to "Halt the Spread of Radical Islam"

by Walter Pincus

Before Donald Trump speaks out again on the subject of nation-building, I suggest he – or his staff – study what the Pentagon terms “Building Partner Capacity,” which has been expanding over...

The Budget Certainty Congress Denies the Pentagon

by Walter Pincus

“Superficial and emotional” was the way retired Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey described the current presidential campaign discussion of military affairs in an interview published in...

Trump's "New Approach" to the Mideast is Already Going On

by Walter Pincus

Listening to the U.S. presidential campaign, you would hardly know there is a real war going on in the Middle East, involving thousands of American men and women in the armed forces and intelligence...

Stirring Up His Audience

by Walter Pincus

Donald Trump is a provocateur as well as a mythmaker, two qualities that should disqualify a presidential candidate and would be extremely dangerous if he were to become president. Start with a...

Intelligence Briefings for Candidates have become a Political Football

by Walter Pincus

The intelligence briefings scheduled for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, perhaps as early as this week, may cause some serious reality to be injected into the current presidential campaign rhetoric...

Do Facts and Logic Count in Donald Trump’s World?

by Walter Pincus

For the more than 16 years, Donald Trump has thought about running for president and in that time repeatedly talked about the U.S. being “ripped off” by NATO countries and other allies, such as...