If America succumbs to its internal divisions, to its preoccupation with partisan feuding and its desire to withdraw from international politics, the world order, such as it is, will crumble.
Honor demanded America rescue Afghans who served alongside us and assist those who took chances on their country because we asked.
The United States owes its Afghan allies careful scrutiny of its institutional and personal failures—without recrimination, but also without excuses.
A letter to a civilian who deployed to Afghanistan
There will be no power-sharing, no reconciliation, no peace of the brave.
The machinery of justice should be relentless and thorough.
Americans are equal to this moment.
The Bard had a rich sense of the creeps and criminals, sycophants and slimeballs, weirdos and wing nuts who hang around power.
President-elect Joe Biden should choose a civilian to lead his Department of Defense.
A character study of the 45th president
In these fraught times, I like to seek refuge in the idyllic England of my dreams—one that still exists in The Great British Baking Show.
The president’s fall has come, and it has a Shakespearean flavor.
In times of crisis, learning and reciting poetry can act as a balm.
Speaking the truth, laying down a marker, drawing a line are valuable in ways that you can never fully anticipate.
As statues topple across the country, Americans need to distinguish between the problematic or objectionable and the irredeemably wrong.
Our military leaders are willing to take a bullet for this country. But are they prepared to take a pink slip?
The pandemic is reshaping how we understand ourselves and our world.
We must heed the logic of rationality and science—but also the logic captured by artists, poets, and storytellers.
The senator from Utah’s speech was the stuff of American myth.
An impulsive president tries to look tough without being prepared to follow through.