England Needs a Slap, and So Does China Getting on with Brexit is the right thing to do. So is pushing back against the crackdown in Hong Kong.

Now and then a country needs to get slapped. England does, or rather the United Kingdom, but I say England because I really mean London. Its entire leadership class has been undone since Brexit passed, three years ago this month. They’ve been overwhelmed, not equal to the moment. They are like the hysterical blonde in […]

Overthrow the Prince of Facebook Big tech has become too powerful and abusive. We know enough about it to break up its dominance.

I’ll start with a personal experience and then try to expand into Republicans and big tech. In the spring of 2016, Facebook came under pressure, stemming from leaks by its workers, over charges of systemic political bias. I was not especially interested: a Silicon Valley company that employs thousands of young people to make decisions […]

Mueller’s Exit and an Impeachment Alternative Trying to overturn an election would be too divisive. Congress should censure Trump instead.

The investigation is complete, his office is closed, he returns to private life. And Robert Mueller leaves in his wake a great murk, doesn’t he? Even in his statement this week, presumably aimed in part at making things clearer, he spoke between the lines. What did he say, between the lines? Apparently I was too […]

‘Which Way to Pointe du Hoc?’ Each generation is tested, from the Army Rangers of D-Day to the college graduates of 2019.

A friend trying to help me work through a problem once told me the story of life is competition: Everyone’s trying to beat everyone else, and I should give more weight to this fact. There’s some truth in what he said, yet I thought his comment contained more autobiography than wisdom: He was the most […]

The Missing Order in American Politics I grow wistful as I watch the congressional chaos while reading Kissinger’s forthcoming oral history.

I am watching Washington and thinking this: We have reached a new crisis point in Donald Trump vs. the Democrats. They are speaking of contempt citations, subpoenas, executive privilege, hearings. It’s a daily barrage. The Democrats are inching closer to impeachment, at least rhetorically, perhaps actually. We’ll see how well Speaker Nancy Pelosi can dance […]

Republicans in a Nation Needing Repair Less taxes and spending won’t resolve America’s deep crisis. We need a farsighted conservatism.

I want to say something big, quickly and broadly. This week I talked with an intelligent politician who is trying to figure out the future of the Republican Party. He said that in presidential cycles down the road, it will be a relief to get back to the old conservatism of smaller government, tax cuts […]

How Trump Lost Half of Washington The old ambassadors were willing to give him a chance. He destabilized the whole town instead.

“How did things ever get so far? I don’t know. It was so unfortunate, so unnecessary.” —Don Corleone, “The Godfather” I keep thinking about the dynamics the past few years between the president and what used to be called official Washington. That relationship is ugly and broken, but it could have been otherwise. Trump supporters […]

Out of the Ashes of Notre Dame One day someone will write of how his grief, his shock, opened a door and his faith came rushing in.

A few small observations on the fire at Notre Dame: It’s interesting where your thoughts go as you watch a disaster, live. Friends kept saying they were feeling some of what they’d felt on 9/11, and this was true of me too. No one thought it the same, but the flames and smoke evoked similar […]

If Biden Runs, They’ll Tear Him Up The old Democratic Party was warm, like him. The new one rising is colder, less human and divisive.

Don’t do it, Joe. Don’t run for president. It won’t work, you won’t get the nomination, your loss will cause pain and not only for you. And your defeat will be worse than sudden, it will be poignant. Right now operatives for the other candidates are trying to scare you out of jumping in. We […]

The Two Americas Have Grown Much Fiercer The U.S. was divided 46 years ago. But no one saw it as a fight to the death.

Sometimes you write about the most obvious thing in the world because it is the most important thing. Reaction to the outcome of Robert Mueller’s investigation shows Americans again how divided we are. If you are more or less of the left, you experienced the probe as a search for truth that would restore the […]