September 19, 2016 |
It's time to focus laserlike attention on the meaning of a Donald Trump presidency for America's security. Until now, the presumption that Trump wouldn't win or doesn't really mean what he says has led to insufficient scrutiny of how his presidency would threaten our safety. Many security experts - including leading Republicans - have raised concerns, but their protests haven't risen to the level of the danger. The time for such complacency is past. The Donald brags he will make America "great again," but the policies he promotes would do exactly the opposite: emboldening our enemies, undercutting our allies, and destroying America's clout in the world.
September 16, 2016 |
A vacation on Ireland's west coast should have provided relief from the depressing realities of the U.S. election season. But it's hard to escape when every Irishman or woman you meet asks the same question, differing only in the choice of adjective: "You Americans aren't really going to elect that awful (or dangerous or bigoted) Donald Trump, are you?" My reply: "I still believe most Americans have the common sense to grasp that Trump presents the greatest threat to U.S. security and democracy since the end of the Cold War. " Anyone who doubts the threat need only observe Trump's repeated praise for Russia's Vladimir Putin, which he continued last week.
August 29, 2016 |
Worldview columnist Trudy Rubin is on vacation.
August 1, 2016 |
Now that the presidential race is truly on, anyone who cares about America's foreign policy and national security has no option but to vote for Hillary Clinton. The most urgent reason is the need to prevent a mercurial, ill-informed hothead from ever having his hand on the nuclear button. The second reason is that Clinton has a particular skill set that suits these unstable times. Donald Trump has shown over and over that he doesn't have the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
July 29, 2016 |
You can't make this stuff up. No, you wouldn't want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country. Donald Trump actually said yesterday that he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's email server and would now release 30,000 emails. In other words, the GOP candidate sanctioned cyber-spying by a foreign nation in order to influence an election in his favor. This just as U.S. intelligence agencies say they are highly confident - as are well-known cybersecurity firms - that it was Russian government spy agencies that hacked into the Democratic National Committee's emails, 20,000 of which were released the day before the convention with the clear intent of undercutting Clinton.
July 22, 2016 |
While most attention on night one of the GOP convention was focused on Melania Trump, something much more interesting got far less notice. At 11 p.m., after most of the TV audience and conventioneers had called it quits, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn addressed the dwindling crowd on national security. A close Trump adviser and a finalist for vice president, Flynn was as notable for what he didn't say as for what he did. The theme of the night was "Make America Safe Again. " But until Flynn, anyone naive enough to hope for concrete policy details was left hanging.