Donald Trump

William Inboden Dark Days Niebuhr
William Inboden’s “Dark Days”: The Use and Abuse of Niebuhr in the Current Campaign

Inboden’s essay in War on the Rocks, “Dark Days: Trump, Christianity, and a Low Dishonest Decade,” has garnered a great deal of attention, but has not, as far as I can tell, been answered in print.

Caricatures of Unqualified

Thursday night’s “commander in chief” forum proved that both candidates are fantastically unfit to lead our nation

Globalism Broken
After Globalism and Identity Politics

America has been mesmerized by two ideas that have given hazy coherence to the post-1989 world: “globalism” and “identity politics.”

Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction
Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction

As Recep Tayyip Erdogan steers Turkey further away from liberal democracy and ever closer to authoritarianism, we’re reminded of just how often President Obama has picked the wrong partners and chosen the wrong direction on the world stage.

Central Eastern Europe Needs Engaged United States
Central and Eastern Europe Needs an Engaged United States

Many American officials have concluded that issues in Central and Eastern Europe have been fixed once and for all and that they can “check the box” and move on to other more pressing strategic issues. Relations have been so close that many on both sides assume that the region’s transatlantic orientation, as well as its stability and prosperity, would last forever. That view is premature.

Smite Them Jesus Imprecatory Prayer
Smite Them, Jesus?

After Pastor Mark Burns’ prayer at the Republican National Convention, church leaders must teach when imprecatory prayer is appropriate—and when it is not.

Say now Shibboleth
Say now Shibboleth

To insist on the shibboleth of “radical Islam,” at this moment in the political history of America, can no longer be a matter of insisting on rhetorical accuracy. To insist on this shibboleth, now, is to provide, intentionally or unintentionally, cover for those who are emboldened in their religious and racial bigotry by Mr. Trump’s rhetoric.

Clinton on Trump’s Foreign Policy: Right Message, Wrong Messenger
Clinton on Trump’s Foreign Policy: Right Message, Wrong Messenger

The power of the American presidency is like none other on earth. It is a certainty that Trump’s worst vices—his crudeness, his infantile attacks on critics, personal grudges, unchecked egotism—would be magnified the day he took office. Yes, try to imagine Trump with his finger on the nuclear button without trembling.

America First Committee Israel
Israel & Avoiding the Mistakes of the America First Committee

The lesson of the greatest generation is “Don’t repeat the mistakes of the America First Committee,” and here we are.