The education of Donald Trump – and us

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 There are so many unusual, unprecedented aspects of President Trump’s first 100 days in office that it’s hard to know where to begin. By his own yardstick, the number of promises unfulfilled is staggering. During the campaign, Trump said he would ask for a bill repealing Obamacare “my … Continue reading

On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world. President Trump’s team has had a rockier start than most, with many important positions in every key agency still unfilled. More worrying, the administration’s basic foreign policy is coming into view, and it … Continue reading

How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome — hatred of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment. It’s not that I didn’t notice the harsh, unyielding language against him — I’ve said a few tough things myself — but … Continue reading

One missile strike is not a strategy

By Fareed Zakaria Friday, Apr. 7, 2017 There is much to applaud in President Trump’s decision to attack the Bashar al-Assad regime this week. It punished a regime that has engaged in war crimes against its own people. It upheld an international norm against chemical weapons. It ended Trump’s strange flirtation with Vladimir Putin on … Continue reading

Until recently, Trump got health care right

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 The recent Republican debacle on health care could prove to be an opportunity. It highlighted, yet again, the complexity of the U.S. system, which continues to be by far the most expensive and inefficient in the advanced world. But President Trump could actually use the legislative collapse to … Continue reading

Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting in Florida between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of U.S. leadership on the world stage, the Mar-a-Lago summit might mark the beginning of a handover of power from the United … Continue reading

America must defend itself against the real national security menace

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 This week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war. The Trump administration has devoted weeks of energy and political capital to rolling out its temporary travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, none of whom, according to the libertarian Cato Institute, … Continue reading

Throwing more money at the military won’t make it stronger

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017 The first time I met Gen. David Petraeus, he said something that surprised me. It was the early days of the Iraq War and, although things were not going well, he had directed his region in the north skillfully and effectively. I asked him whether he wished he … Continue reading

Trump is putting on a great circus, but what about his promises?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about — an honest, hard-working American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the … Continue reading

Stephen Bannon’s words and actions don’t add up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this … Continue reading