Blog Profile / Slate: Fred Kaplan

Filed Under:Industries / Military
Posts on Regator:450
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Archived Since:July 14, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Let’s Talk About Nukes

Peace is not at hand with North Korea, but talks are, and President Donald Trump needs to get ready for them if he doesn’t want to foment a diplomatic disaster. The big news (and it is big news) came Tuesday morning, when South Korean...Show More Summary

Don’t Buy Putin’s Missile Hype

In his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin boasted that Russia is developing new types of nuclear weapons that will be invulnerable to U.S. missile-defense systems and, more broadly, will nullify America’s...Show More Summary

Kushner Has No Business in the White House

There are many reasons why Jared Kushner has no business holding a senior policy job in the White House, but the downgrading of his security clearance last week, from “top secret” to “secret,” is the clincher. Here’s the secret about documents marked secret: They don’t contain any real secrets. Show More Summary

We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Nuclear Crisis

The Winter Games in South Korea are over, so the winter-is-coming games now resume. I refer, of course, to the storm clouds of bluff, brawn, and blind global terror swirling around the faceoff between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and...Show More Summary

Not Every U.S.–Russia Meeting Is Suspicious

Much fuss was raised when it was revealed that top Russian intelligence officials visited Washington in January to discuss counterterrorism with the heads of the CIA and the National Intelligence directorate. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s...Show More Summary

America’s Voting Systems Are Highly Vulnerable to Hackers

After Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians last week, there can be no doubt that the Kremlin meddled with the 2016 election by spreading lies through social media that twisted voters’ judgments. But what about more direct forms...Show More Summary

The New Graveyard of Empires?

Many American pundits have bought into the idea that Vladimir Putin is a grand master of international politics and that the Russians are better than we are at eking strategic triumphs from tangled quagmires. Syria now stands as the smoldering rebuttal to this shrewdly woven myth. The myth long predates Putin’s rise. Show More Summary

All Guns, No Butter

Back in 2013, when Gen. James Mattis was head of the U.S. Central Command, he told the Senate, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.” On Monday, President Trump proposed cutting this year’s State Department’s budget by 26 percent. Show More Summary

No Time to Talk

Here is the baffling absurdity of America’s position in the world right now: We are getting more deeply embroiled in two wars and flirting with starting another. Our top military officers say (and have long said) that none of these wars have a military solution but rather must be settled politically. Show More Summary

Mattis Goes Nuclear

James Mattis has fully joined the nuclear tribesmen. As recently as 2015, Mattis urged Congress to reassess the need for the triad, the long-standing practice of placing nuclear weapons on three types of platforms—land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and long-range aircraft. Show More Summary

No “Fire and Fury”

President Trump said little about national security in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, and little of what he said was new or remarkable. One of the few eyebrow-raising remarks was his announcement that he’d just signed an...Show More Summary

I Was There for Nixon’s Last State of the Union

I was at Richard Nixon’s final State of the Union address. I was 19, a sophomore at Oberlin College, spending the January term as an intern for Jonathan Bingham, a Democratic congressman from New York, and I drew the lucky straw for the office’s extra pass to watch the speech from the House gallery. It was a tense, raucous scene. Show More Summary

Back Into the Quagmire

As the Trump administration escalates America’s military involvement in Afghanistan and Syria, one wonders what happened to the Donald Trump who decried the former war as a “total disaster” and bellowed over and over “It’s time to come...Show More Summary

Nuclear Posturing

President Trump has cranked up anxieties about nuclear war, more so than any president since Ronald Reagan’s first term more than 30 years ago. These anxieties are unlikely to be calmed by news that he will soon sign the Nuclear Posture...Show More Summary

Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

This article is part of a weeklong series on President Trump’s first year in office. One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, U.S. foreign policy stands as wobbly and diminished as his critics had predicted. Our commitments are doubted (mainly because he has thrown doubt on whether he’d honor them). Show More Summary

Getting Kicked, Taking Names

The world just did to Donald Trump the one thing that he hates more than anything—it disrespected him. The odd thing is, he could have avoided the humiliation if only he knew a little about international relations or valued what his advisers tried to teach him above his most craven political instincts. On Thursday afternoon, the U.N. Show More Summary

Strategic Confusion

At least once in a president’s term, the White House releases a document called the National Security Strategy. Mandated by Congress since the mid-1980s, the NSS is usually sheer boilerplate, a collage of clichés about America’s role in the world. Show More Summary

The Best Jazz Albums of 2017

Even as the world goes up in smoke, artists still make art, and this very much includes jazz musicians, whose best work this year (at least the best that I managed to hear amid the noise) plumbed old and new, tradition and innovation, structure and freedom, with—under the circumstances—heroic strivings. Show More Summary

The Free World’s Landlord

In a little-noted passage of his speech at a Saturday rally in Pensacola, Florida, mostly devoted to support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, President Trump revived a theme that some of his aides had hoped he’d abandoned—his demeaning of America’s allies, his dismissal of NATO as an outfit of no real use to U.S. Show More Summary

The Post Is a Rousing Call to Resistance That Couldn’t Feel More Timely

It was a bit puzzling when Deadline reported in March that Steven Spielberg was making a film about the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. After all, the New York Times was the newspaper that first obtained the 7,000-page top-secret study of the Vietnam War and excerpted huge swaths of its shocking revelations. Show More Summary

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