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  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

  • The value of a human life Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Whatever modern political theories may claim, human life has a value greater than autonomy and choice.

  • Obama’s careful war Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama’s Islamic State speech — his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of barbarism” — also sounded least like Obama.

  • Carrying the fight to the enemy Sep 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Now American ambitions are being gradually, reluctantly and unavoidably expanded. The effort now required in Iraq and Syria is not a counterterrorism operation. It is a counterinsurgency campaign

  • Inertia on Ebola is having dire consequences Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The decision-making process at the White House is, no doubt, clogged with crises. But the Ebola epidemic is not one foreign policy challenge among many; it is nature out to kill us.

  • The troubling new slant on story of Israel Sep 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In a recent essay, Matti Friedman, a reporter for The Associated Press in Jerusalem between 2006 and 2011, recalls being forced to weave a different story: of Israeli oppression and Palestinian victimhood.

  • If U.S. doesn’t lead war on terror, who will? Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The current Islamic State threat — a stated desire to repeat the Foley murder on a global scale — has grown in the fertile soil of American ambiguity.

  • The paradox of American diversity Aug 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class.

  • Smacked by reality in the Middle East Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign).

  • In health crisis, erosions of trust in science are dangerous Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.”

  • Bet on Africa rising Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse.

  • The GOP as the party of reform Jul 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

  • Corrupting citizens for fun and profit Jul 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.

  • Needed: A conservative temperament Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Precisely because President Obama’s progressivism is exhausted and increasingly discredited, Americans will give the GOP another look. They will be either impressed or frightened by what they see.

  • The divided states of Obama Jul 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from).

  • On Iraq, difficult choices now and to come Jul 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

  • The power of authenticity Jul 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There are many ways to succeed in American politics, but most of them involve authenticity. Voters are often not interested in (or even capable of) of making decisions based on a carefully sorted list of policy priorities. They often take politicians in the totality of their acts. They develop a composite picture that includes a candidate’s general policy predispositions (left or right), but also his or her public persona (“A least he knows what he believes.” “What a character; I like her.”).

  • Iraq must be saved from extremists Jun 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Right now, failure would cause not a party, not a president, but a nation to suffer — actually many nations. Who lost Iraq matters; helping to save it matters more.

  • The reality conservatives must face Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a reason Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner have sometimes prioritized immigration reform in ways that seemed divisive within the conference — because they think that the Republican future depends on overcoming a durable impression of suspicion toward new Americans. And they are correct.

  • The end of illusions Jun 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: On June 10, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaida. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad.

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