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“Cascade” suggests that one event causes and enlarges the next; each splash produces a bigger splash. For decades, claims of serial sexual aggression by powerful males were ignored or minimized. But women no long bury their anger . . .
  • Saudi Arabia’s audacious new 32-year-old crown prince has just carried out what Latin Americans call an “autogolpe” — literally a “self-coup” against a leader’s own government to give himself more power. The prince aims to rapidly . . .
  • The Benghazi and Niger incidents are similar and connected: in each, jihadis killed four Americans in African countries of which the American public and Congress knew little. The small arms and Islamic terrorists liberated by . . .
  • Catalonia in Spain and Kurdistan in Iraq are cases of head versus heart. Painful as it is, I have to go with my head and support keeping them within their respective countries — albeit with ample autonomy. They already mostly rule themselves . . .
  • Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, just called President Trump’s foreign policy the “Withdrawal Doctrine.” We are feeling the symptoms of abandoning global leadership, especially the pushing away of . . .
  • Some fear we have entered a downward spiral. A century ago, in 1914, Walter Lippmann — then all of 25 — feared so too when he published his progressive “Drift and Mastery” to immense acclaim. It delineated an America in . . .
  • Hezbollah and Korea could suddenly unleash a new and dangerous strategic threat: instant escalation. Most analysts portray escalation as mutually aggravating steps that unfold over some time — say, two weeks — and contain “firebreaks” . . .
  • Angela Merkel — Germany’s calm, reliable “Mutti” (mother) — was returned to power in Sunday’s elections, but other electoral news portends trouble. An angry alt-right party enters parliament for the first time, and the only feasible governing . . .
  • The much-heralded airing of Ken Burns’s Vietnam television series triggers memories — and fears and sorrow. Vietnam, although I never served there, indelibly formed me when I was in my late twenties. Since then, I’ve never been able . . .
  • North Korea demonstrates the “security dilemma” that bedevils international relations. In trying to make itself secure with nuclear weapons, NorK has made not only itself but the entire region terribly insecure. It works like this . . .
  • Buried among President Trump’s feverish points are kernels of truth. Exaggerated, simplified and without feasible fixes, they nonetheless speak to American anxieties. Opportunity for Democrats: Use these same points to beat the . . .
  • Many wonder why calm, establishment figures are serving an erratic, impulsive president. Some of their public comments approach open criticism of their boss. All these bright, accomplished people could leave the Trump administration . . .
  • We’re going through stressful weeks of Blufferama, a contest in which neither Kim Jung Un nor President Trump intends to deliver on their ferocious threats
  • Something good, almost redemptive, is starting to emerge from President Trump’s profound failure of leadership. Namely, we are starting to see the outlines of a pro-American, anti-Trump coalition encompassing Republicans and Democrats . . .
  • The term “deep state” is increasingly invoked by Trump supporters to indicate a secretive, sinister conspiracy trying to block the president’s program. That, aver some, explains the leaks. It plays well with Trump’s base. . . .
  • The “skinny” health care package that last week failed Senate passage has both medical and comedic possibilities. I thought it was a Republican attempt to replace Obamacare with a mass weight-loss program. That might be an improvement . . .
  • The near-daily revelations surrounding President Trump’s Russia connections are building to a crescendo and a double dump of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which in turn will increase . . .
  • To honor Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died last week, we should follow the Magnitsky Act that sanctions Russia with an equivalent for China. Neither would rectify the respective wrongs but would signal that the world . . .
  • The Trump-Putin summit last week reawakens the old argument that summits are mostly bad. True, last week was not the catastrophe many feared. Both, for good reasons, minimized the campaign-meddling issue. Trump brought it up . . .
  • I’m glad to finally meet President Trump. We have common interests. I never imagined my order for “active measures” in the U.S. election by hacking and disinformation would help get him elected. Russians love cyberwar, and now . . .
  • President Trump’s recent decision to let the generals set their own force levels in Afghanistan is fraught with peril. It suggests there will be few limits on either number of troops or duration of their mission — many thousands for many years. . . .
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