The failures of success

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 12, 2016 Iraq is collapsing as a country. This week’s bombings in Baghdad, which killed more than 90 people, are just further reminders that the place remains deeply unstable and violent. There is a lesson to be drawn from this, one that many powerful people in Washington are still resisting. … Continue reading

The Republican surrender

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 17, 2016 The Republican surrender has begun. Having described Donald Trump as an unacceptable, unconservative, dangerous demagogue, the party establishment appears to be making its peace with the man who keeps winning primaries. The Wall Street Journal editorial page argued vociferously against Trump for months, pointing out that he is … Continue reading

Listen to Rand Paul

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 4, 2015 It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue: their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is “the worst possible candidate . . . on the most important issue.” Marco Rubio opines that “he has no idea what he’s talking about.” Lindsey Graham concludes … Continue reading

U.S. intervention is not the answer

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 15, 2015 The Paris attacks were barbaric but also startling, leading many to ask what can be done to prevent this kind of terrorism. One man has a clear answer. “That attack you saw in Paris? You’ll see an attack in the United States,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the … Continue reading

Can Ashton Carter rein in a Pentagon out of control?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 4, 2014 Chuck Hagel may not have been able to work with the ever more powerful National Security Council staff, but this discussion of personalities misses the point. The key to success for a defense secretary today is the ability to manage not White House aides but rather the Pentagon, … Continue reading

Not the worst of times

By Fareed Zakaria The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But in Washington, of course, it becomes one more opportunity for partisanship. “I do believe that the things we’re seeing in the world today, [which is] in greater turmoil than at any … Continue reading

McCain’s Mistake

The regime in Iran isn’t about to fall. By Fareed Zakaria As Barack Obama goes through one of his most difficult periods as president, you might wonder what it would have been like if the other guy had won. We will never know, of course, but in one area, John McCain provides us with some … Continue reading