The Fiasco in Afghanistan

The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan will harm U.S. foreign policy for decades.

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Farewell, Angela Merkel!

During her tenure in office, Merkel has led Germany through crisis after crisis by adopting a no-nonsense, follow-the-science brand of politics. For her admirers, this is central to her appeal.

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The Ignorance of Simon Biles’ Critics

Those who have criticized Simon Biles for withdrawing from the Olympic competition have missed the mark big time. They have

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Trump Turnberry Is Out of The Open

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has removed Turnberry from The Open Championship course rotation because Donald Trump owns it.

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In Praise of Moderation: Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam was a moderate voice in an age of extremism. Nearly five centuries after his death, he still has much to teach us.

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Donald Trump, Emoluments, and The United States Constitution

While in office, Donald Trump has received—by virtue of his continued interest in the Trump Organization and his stake in hundreds of other entities—a steady stream of monetary and other benefits from foreign powers and their agents.

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Hunter Biden, The Trump Children, and The Politics of Hypocrisy

The outrageous hypocrisy of the attack on the Biden family as a “criminal organization” appears to be lost on Trump’s supporters.

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The Post-American Order

If Trump is reelected, his “America first” foreign policy will have been validated, and the result will be an America snarling into decline. The admiration for the United States that reduces the cost of everything it tries to achieve in the world will evaporate, and other countries will move on, shaping a new order to protect themselves from a self-seeking, often hostile United States.

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“Biden Will Make America Lead Again” by William McRaven

We need a president who understands the importance of American leadership, at home and abroad. We need a leader of integrity whose decency and sense of respect reflects the values we expect from our president. We need a president for all Americans, not just half of America.

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Unlike Trump, Ben Sasse Is a Republican That Tells It Like It is

Sasse, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, offered an honest and revealing assessment of the President. In fact, most of Sasse’s criticisms of Trump are the same ones made by some of Trump’s most vocal critics.

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Maybe America Will Be Great Again Next Year

America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners. In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point.

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“Which Past Is Prologue?” By Margaret MacMillan

These troubled times are not all Trump’s fault, but he has made things worse. The damage is difficult to measure, the United States has lost much of its moral authority.

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