Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds
They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.
John McCain Loved the Military Too Much
He was a hero in Vietnam, but he was too quick to advocate for future wars.
There’s No Such Thing as ‘Traditional’ Republican Foreign Policy
Trump can't ruin the GOP's foreign-policy principles, because there aren't any to ruin.
Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp
Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.
Good Riddance to CIA Director Pompeo
Nobody's throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.
Rep. Ed Royce’s Failure to Hold Trump Accountable Is a Dereliction of Duty
The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee should use his last year in office to reverse the unprincipled silence and moral weakness of Republicans in Congress.
Trump’s First Year in Review: Views From the Republican Bench
Foreign policy veterans from previous Republican administrations look back on 2017 — the year of Trump.
The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security
As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.
Survey: One-Third of Republicans Favor Leaders Unchecked by Courts or Congress
A new global survey finds that right-of-center ideology and education affect support for democracy.
America Should Let a Thousand Political Parties Bloom
With the two party system coming apart, the United States ought to take its cues from Europe.
I Would Vote for (a Sane) Donald Trump
As Republicans and Democrats abandon the middle ground, America’s two-party system is due for disruption.
Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration
The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.
Trump Is Right About Afghanistan
Those of us who have criticized the president when he has made mistakes should give him credit when he makes the right call.
Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates Should Apologize for Endorsing Rex Tillerson
Too many Republicans these days are convincing themselves that private handwringing or wincing is an adequate response.
Donald Trump Is Already a Lame Duck
The White House is in a tailspin, and even the president's fans are starting to realize it.
Trump Made the Right Call on Religious Freedom
The power and prestige of American statecraft cannot eliminate religious persecution, but when wielded effectively it can make a meaningful difference.
This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain
McCain fervently believes in the ennoblement of caring about something bigger than your own interests.
John McCain Is a National Treasure
The Republican senator reflects the better aspects of what our democratic system can produce.
What Are Republicans Reading? An Elephants in the Room Summer 2017 Reading List.
As summer travel and holidays get underway, your Elephants in the Room contributors have resurrected a tradition from our erstwhile Shadow Government days and put together our summer reading list.