James Mattis: Who Will Keep Trump in Check Now?

December 23, 2018

Can America’s democratic institutions — Congress, courts and the media — constrain Donald Trump and ensure the survival and continued prosperity of the world’s oldest democracy? Rational observers, US allies and even America’s adversaries are left to wonder where President Donald...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: The “Disinvite” Administration

June 08, 2018

The Trump administration seems to be disinviting everyone — from the Philadelphia Eagles to China. Disinvite has to be the word of the week in Washington. On June 4, President Donald Trump noisily disinvited the championship football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, from the traditional...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Relationship” with Trump

June 04, 2018

Has Trump finally gone back to school? Is learning an item on his agenda? Has Donald Trump suddenly begun to learn and adapt rather than posture and repeat? Concerning the imminent talks with North Korea, we discover, perhaps for the first time, that he is willing to change, though he of course...

Is US Leadership on the Wane?

June 05, 2017

Amid a rising China, the big questions coming into this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue surrounded the Trump administration’s intentions in the Asia Pacific. The lobby of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore — with its high ceilings, marble interior, massive columns and crystal...

The Irony of the Mattis Appointment

February 02, 2017

Does the appointment of Secretary of Defense James Mattis represent a break with the Obama administration? The easy confirmation of James Mattis as President Donald Trump’s defense secretary entails no small amount of irony. Senate Democrats perceive the retired Marine general as someone who...