Roger Kaplan

Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.

Trump Defends Putin?

 

The most dramatic finale to the football season in memory had even Mr. R. Emmett Tyrrell — a handball player and former member of the storied Indiana varsity aquatic team — glued to the television screen the other day, and it allowed him an occasion to report on the cultural background of this important sporting […]

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Trump’s Fast Start

 

There was something to be said for the extremely fast start the new administration chose to demonstrate how seriously it takes the mandate the American people gave it last November. Within days, they were blocking migrants and visitors from seven countries, withdrawing the welcome mat to refugees, and getting into a shouting match with the […]

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A Hundred Days

 

They say a new president has a hundred days to make his mark, launch his key programs, set the Republic on course. And if he does not do it, it will four years of playing catch-up and getting bogged down in the swamp, the bureaucracies, the opposition, the lobbyists, the special interests, the malcontents, the […]

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Holiday Politics

 

Christmas is a beautiful day and a powerful season, even when it descends into sentimentality. The Christmas Truce, observed on the Western front at the end of 1914, wherein German and French and British soldiers ceased fire on their own initiative and played football instead, is an all-time powerful true war story. But it took […]

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The Five Conservative Generals

 

Of the individuals mentioned as candidates for Secretary of State, what reassures is that they all are serious, prudent men. The question occurs, therefore, why the Washington yak-yak classes should raise their collective eyebrow at the possibility that with the choice by the President-elect of such as David Petraeus (USA, Ret.) or Stanley McChrystal (USA, […]

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Send Mitt Romney to the Congo

 

We at The American Spectator have nought but admiration for the cool, calm, and collected manner in which the president-elect is assembling what in Lincoln’s time was termed a team of rivals. As did Abraham Lincoln, who came to the presidency with less than a majority of the popular vote, Donald Trump finds that the […]

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Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Takes Shape

 

In forming a conservative foreign policy leadership, you need to hear two words: “More” and “No.” It appears these are the words President-elect Donald Trump wants to hear as he puts together the team that will defend the United States over the next years. More defines our defense capability. You cannot have too many guns. […]

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The ‘Make It Great’ Press Conference

 

Question: Sir, about letting bygones be bygones, did you mean it? The President-Elect: Yeah, I mean it. I’ve already decided not to follow up on some legal actions that were mentioned during the campaign. Really not worth it. Worth it, for sure, legally. But we have to move. We have to move on. I don’t […]

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Swiss Over Serb at U.S. Open

 

Stan Wawrinka, perennial Swiss number two behind Roger Federer, won the third grand slam tournament of his career and his first at the U.S. Open, taking three straight sets last night after dropping the first in a tie breaker. He beat defending champ Novak Djokovic, top seed, world number one. And he beat him the […]

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Serena Czechs Out, Murray Blows It

 

You expect upsets at big tournaments, but how often do you get two of the biggest possible upsets two days in a row? Heavily favored Serena Williams got knocked out of the U.S. Open in a semifinal match by a tall young player who had got past the early rounds at a major. Playing the […]

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