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David Ignatius

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Recent articles by David:

Why the United States is playing rope-a-dope with Iran in the Persian Gulf

Iran is trying to provoke U.S. forces into action — but they're not playing. → Read More

Saudi Arabia’s leader must reset his relationship with the U.S. as Iran tensions soar

MBS is subverting his own reform process and, ultimately, his country’s future security. → Read More

The U.S. is trying to let Iran punch itself out

The United States has a strategy for maritime security as tensions with Iran continue. → Read More

Wake up, Democrats. Trump is on something of a roll.

To win in 2020, Democrats will have to produce a reassuring contrast to the loud but chronically insecure president. → Read More

Democratic surprise: Why not get tough on Iran?

Democratic candidates for president should get smart about America’s confrontation with Iran: Rather than seek only to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, they should also endorse a broader, new n… → Read More

Democratic candidates must get tough on Iran. They could seize the high ground.

Instead of endorsing a simple return to the 2015 nuclear deal, the left should push for a new, broader negotiation. → Read More

Trump cannot rewrite the American story

President Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail. The weight and momentum of this nation are strong enough after 243 … → Read More

The quiet, steadfast narrative of America will endure. Trump’s loud, gaudy tank show won’t.

We all know in our hearts that July 4 is really about the values that have sustained us through good leaders and bad ones. → Read More

Trump successfully played a hunch with Kim. Now what?

Trump’s many bad qualities shouldn’t blind us to this good achievement. → Read More

Trump says war with Iran wouldn’t last very long. He hasn’t read enough history.

The president’s combination of insult and ingratiation is his foreign-policy trademark. → Read More

America seems to be on a death trip. We can’t fix it by demonizing one another.

America can do better than this. → Read More

Iran must escape the American chokehold before it becomes fatal

We’re closer to the brink of war. → Read More

Shanahan's departure comes at a moment of significant military risk

President Trump has a credibility problem at a time when his confrontation with Iran is moving toward a dangerous test. “There is no capital in the bank” in terms of trust with major Eu… → Read More

Trump has a credibility problem with Iran. Shanahan’s departure makes it worse.

The acting Pentagon chief steps down at a moment of significant potential military risk. → Read More

Is the Iran-U.S. tinderbox about to ignite?

Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign has collided head on with Khamenei’s maximum resistance. → Read More

Trump's words celebrate D-Day, but his actions disdain postwar architecture

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — President Trump spoke the right words in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but did he mean them? So far, his presidency has been about defying the post… → Read More

Trump’s words on D-Day are at odds with his actions

Rarely did a speech and the speaker seem so much in conflict. → Read More

Britain is the club that Trump resents but desperately wants to join

Despite talk of “great love,” the actions of the president and his allies have strained a once-solid relationship. → Read More

David Ignatius | America is at war, in cyberspace

WASHINGTON — One of the least-discussed but perhaps most consequential comments by special counsel Robert Mueller in his appearance before reporters this week was his blunt counterintelligenc… → Read More

Mueller went out like a lamb when the country needed a lion

He was so deferential Wednesday that, in practical terms, he ceded the ground to President Trump and his apologists. → Read More