A good manager balances the good and bad in everyone and every situation. Public humiliation, as President Trump demonstrates frequently with the Justice Department, the FBI, and members of his cabinet, earn him disloyalty, not loyalty.
Mr. Trump has his critics; nowhere has this been more apparent than in the evaluation of his efforts to resolve the inherited threat posed by North Korea. As a former government negotiator, however, I find myself viewing his actions from a perspective not often considered.
A bill passed by the Senate Thursday to impose new sanctions on Moscow would also require President Donald J. Trump to have buy in from Congress before reopening a Russian diplomatic compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
An Iran sanctions bill co-sponsored by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is currently making its way through the Senate. A vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could come within days. If approved in its current form, the bill could undermine the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.
There is only one plausible explanation for President Obama's 11th-hour provocations of Israel and Russia: He is laying the groundwork with Senate Democrats to poison the confirmation well for Trump cabinet nominees. President-elect Donald Trump should take the opportunity thus afforded to drive more nails into the Senate Democratic coffin.
Before President Obama turns off the Oval Office lights for the last time, it's critical that he make good on his order for a definitive report from the full American intelligence community — not just the CIA and the FBI — on whether the Russian government hacked into U.S. cyberspace in ways that could have, or did, affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Aleppo has fallen to the Russian-backed forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. This defeat forecasts the end of wider opposition efforts in Syria and is a major victory for the brutal Assad regime. For the United States, a significant aspect of this outcome is the victory that Russia can now claim in the Middle East, for it is now clear that Russian intervention in Syria is part of a greater objective to challenge the U.S. reign as global superpower and fundamentally undermine the Western
Rex Tillerson's nomination as our next secretary of state poses major challenges, especially in two critical respects. While clearly knowledgeable about energy, the ExxonMobile CEO has very limited familiarity with many complex issues ranging from nuclear weapons to numerous treaty relationships to decades-long conflicts, and there is little sign he knows much about China. Equally difficult is his very close relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin.