When Hillary Clinton faces off against Donald Trump in Monday's debate, security issues will be high on the agenda. In a year when terrorism dominates headlines, this issue is crucial. In a rational world, Clinton would dominate, given her broad experience and his ferocious display of ignorance.
It's time to focus laserlike attention on the meaning of a Donald Trump presidency for America's security. Until now, the presumption that Trump wouldn't win or doesn't really mean what he says has led to insufficient scrutiny of how his presidency would threaten our safety. Many security experts - including leading Republicans - have raised concerns, but their protests haven't risen to the level of the danger.
A vacation on Ireland's west coast should have provided relief from the depressing realities of the U.S. election season. But it's hard to escape when every Irishman or woman you meet asks the same question, differing only in the choice of adjective:
Last week Donald Trump laid out a deeply disturbing view of America's role in the world.The Trump Doctrine - if we can call this mass of contradictions a doctrine - embraces isolationism while simultaneously insisting Trump can swiftly destroy ISIS. It suggests we should abandon our closest allies, the democracies in NATO and Asia, even as Trump embraces autocrats like Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
PARIS - When it comes to Western political leaders, we have definitely arrived at The Time of the Woman. Hillary Clinton is the first serious female candidate for U.S. president, Theresa May just took over as British prime minister, and Germany's Angela Merkel remains the most powerful European politician. Moreover, the nationalist Marine Le Pen will most likely make the final round for French president in 2017.
As Germany struggles to integrate a million or so immigrants from Muslim lands, a once-taboo question has gone public: Are Islamic precepts compatible with the West? The government has emphasized economic opportunity as an antidote to radicalization, but has paid less attention to who will fund the mosques and imams to serve the refugees. Trudy Rubin writes from Berlin.
Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.