Washington

Why are only a lonely few Republicans staying aloof from the Trump crowd?

8 April 2017 12:00

The Trump administration is having abnormal effects on Washington social life too, especially among Republicans. During the campaign Trump was…

Forget ‘peace and love’. Protest language has turned violent

23 January 2017 14:42

So Madonna says she doesn’t really want to blow up the White House. Her remarks at Saturday’s women’s march —…

There was nothing peaceful about Washington’s anti-Trump protests

20 January 2017 17:51

Washington, D.C. I just witnessed an anti-Donald Trump protest, and it was nasty. About an hour ago, I looked out…

Meet the real deplorables – and no, it’s not Farage and his champagne populists

20 January 2017 14:48

Washington, D.C. Nigel Farage’s 2016 celebration of Nigel Farage’s 2016 is a party that might never stop. And it is…

Washington’s lobbyists are starting to panic

20 January 2017 11:46

Things are changing in Washington… and not just at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Political newbies watched the fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial on…

The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be…

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has…

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it…

The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that…

Hugo Chavez: A Clown Masquerading As A Threat

6 March 2013 14:05

As would-be dictators go, Hugo Chavez was on the clownish end of the repressive spectrum. By the end, however, the…

Europe's defence budgets may not be noble, but they are at least rational

19 February 2013 22:34

Gideon Rachmann is unhappy that european defence budgets are still falling: Since 2008, in response to the economic downturn, most…

Lessons from Ronnie and Maggie

18 February 2013 21:51

Ramesh Ponnuru has written a splendid op-ed for today’s New York Times. Splendid, not because it is new or especially…

No, Barack Obama has not declared an end to the War on Terror - Spectator Blogs

13 February 2013 17:18

I see that Con Coughlin is at it again. Apparently, you see, Barack Obama has “taken leave of reality”. How so?…

Barack Obama's inauguration speech makes the case for Bigger Government - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 18:03

I never quite know what to think about the whole Presidential inauguration thing. One the one hand there is always…

EU Shocker: The United States agrees with the British Government! - Spectator Blogs

10 January 2013 12:51

Good grief. Are we supposed to be surprised that senior officials at the US State Department take the view that…

Rand Paul: Leader of the US Senate's Tiny Awkward Squad - Spectator Blogs

16 November 2012 15:52

Speaking of politicians worthy of your support, here’s Senator Rand Paul doing his thing: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is holding…

Amidst Obama's Triumph, America Enjoys A Libertarian Moment - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 16:57

Amidst last night’s Democratic triumph and the confirmation that Obama is, in many respects, Ronald Reagan’s heir let’s not forget…

God, guns,welfare: conspiracy theories about working class Americans

18 September 2012 10:44

Mitt Romney has been caught saying what he really thinks – or in modern journalistic jargon has committed a ‘gaffe’.…

Obama’s Polish Blunder

31 May 2012 12:01

In Washington, as Andrew Sullivan reminds us, a gaffe is when a politician inadvertently blurts out what they actually believe.…

Washington’s Favourite Unimportant Parlour Game: The Veepstakes

2 May 2012 14:19

The American presidential campaign is in one of its few fallow periods just now. Which means it is time for…

The Years of Robert Caro

16 April 2012 18:32

For political types there’s little doubt about the publishing event of the year: the fourth volume of Robert Caro’s mammoth…

War Games: Syria & Iran Edition

15 March 2012 16:06

The past is always a different, better place and never more so than when commentators dip into American history to…

Iran Hawks Circling

23 February 2012 13:39

At National Review, Mario Loyola offers a pretty succinct summary of the conservative (that is, American conservative) case for attacking…

Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a…