For decades, shared fears of common enemies pushed the U.S. and Saudi Arabia into an uneasy embrace. But today, that calculus is no longer enough. The strategic costs of the relationship have come to outweigh the benefits for Washington, amid...
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, had warnings of Russian interference muted by the White House, a new report says.
Steven MetzIt's only Monday and Putin is already having a good week. Future Americans will remember who were patriots and who were traitors when the United States was under attack. (Except Confederate lost causers -- they can't seem to get that straight.
The timing of Iran’s escalations with the U.S. seems perplexing. Why would Iran go out of its way to provoke the U.S. when administration hawks are pushing President Donald Trump to take a harder line? Iran’s risky national strategy, in fact, makes...
Steven MetzIran Is Using a Strategy of Insurgency, Goading the U.S. Into Overreacting
This is my 347th column.
The idea of a pre-emptive American attack on Iran periodically resurfaces in Washington, despite the absence of any strategic logic. After abating following the 2015 agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the war drums are beating again, with...
Steven MetzPre-Emptively Striking Iran Would Be One of the Worst Blunders in American History
Frustration with the stalemate in Afghanistan has broadened the debate over U.S. strategy there, with options that seemed unthinkable a few years ago, like outright disengagement, now on the table. As this unfolds, one proposal in particular has...
Cohen recorded conversations he had with Trump and others, and the recordings are now in the hands of federal investigators. Giuliani claimed Sunday the recordings contained no evidence that implicated the president in illegal activity.
Steven MetzRudy Giuliani blasts Michael Cohen, calls former Trump fixer a 'pathological liar' usat.ly/2LJuLsZ
It seems to be the season for them.
"This what you get when you put a KGB agent up against a KFC agent," Trevor Noah said on "The Daily Show."
Steven MetzFake FDR voice: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941: a date for which both countries are to blame. I mean, if we didn’t want to be attacked, why did we have those sexy battleships in our big juicy harbor?”
The political culture of the United States is based on two ideas: that government exists to service the citizenry and that government’s top priorities are to maximize individual freedom and prosperity. What Americans sometimes forget is that the...