Author Archive

David Frum

David Frum
David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic
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Where the System May Break

A war-game exercise simulating the 2020 election unmasked some key vulnerabilities.

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How Much of the Coronavirus Damage Is Trump’s Fault?

The United States is on trajectory to suffer more sickness, more dying, and more economic harm from this virus than any other comparably developed country.

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Trump Broke It. Now He Owns It.

The president withdrew from a flawed deal with Iran, but had no realistic alternative. With that choice comes responsibility for what ensued.

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Speak Up, John Bolton

The national-security professionals who have left this administration owe the American people the truth about the president.

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The American Exception

The United States is not the only nation to suffer from white supremacism, but in America, it has proved uniquely deadly.

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Mueller: Russia Interfered, Trump Obstructed. Now It’s Up to Congress.

Read our report, says the special counsel: the evidence does not exonerate the president.

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Take It From an Iraq War Supporter—War With Iran Would Be a Disaster

It would mean repeating a mistake, only on a much bigger scale: without allies, without justification, and without any plan at all.

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Trump’s Emergency Declaration is Going to Run into Four Hurdles

They fall into the broad buckets of legal, legislative, political, and constitutional issues.

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Congress Must Face the Truth about Trump

Mattis is telling you that the president lacks respect for allies and a clear-eyed view of malign actors and strategic competitors.

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The Crisis Facing America

The country can no longer afford to wait to ascertain why President Trump has subordinated himself to Putin—it must deal with the fact that he has.

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The Great Russian Disinformation Campaign

In a new book, Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized information warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the United States.

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Trump Goes to War Against the Democracies

Through the G7 summit, the brittle pretense of unity held together. Then came the tweets.

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Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage—but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.

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Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?

The specific timing of the move—following the secretary of state’s split from the president to condemn a Russian attack in the U.K.—raises questions about its motive.

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The National Security Strategy Commits the US to a Lonelier and Less Generous Course

As previewed by H.R. McMaster, the new NSS contrasts strikingly to the visions of other recent presidents.

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Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous

When the president’s opponents violate norms to undermine him, they do lasting damage to American security.

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Everything That’s Wrong With That McMaster Op-Ed

In an op-ed, the Trump administration’s 'adults in the room' portray America as selfish, isolated, brutish, domineering, and driven by immediate appetites rather than ideals or even longer-term interests.

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What Happens When Intelligence Agencies Lose Faith in the President?

If bureaucrats restrict the information they share with political leaders, the damage could prove deep and lasting.

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Who Is In Charge of US National Security?

The administration’s flip-flopping on North Korea is only the latest incident to raise this question.

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Seven Disturbing Implications of Trump's Syria Strike

The attack raises a series of questions about the president’s approach to America’s political processes and institutions.