Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson: Trump has hollowed out this election

This isn’t a typical election. You’ve probably read those words again and again over the past few months, and you’ll keep on... Read more

Matt Johnson: How Trump has exposed our warped priorities

After three of the most sordid weeks in American political history, it looks like support for Donald Trump is finally collapsing into... Read more

Matt Johnson: When presidential candidates mean what they say

A week ago, millions of people witnessed what Politico’s Shane Goldmacher described as the “ugliest debate in American history” — an assessment... Read more

Matt Johnson: Turning universities into nurseries

When I was a freshman in college, I never demanded “trigger warnings” to protect myself from the incapacitating psychological trauma of an... Read more

Matt Johnson: Trump's effortless, effective dishonesty

No two people on the planet were scrutinized as widely or carefully as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last Monday. Their words... Read more

Matt Johnson: When a gaffe actually matters

I’m often suspicious of the tedious, rabid condemnation of “gaffes” in Washington. For example, after Marco Rubio “malfunctioned” in a February debate... Read more

Matt Johnson: 9/11 and our collective amnesia

In August 1998, twin bombs exploded at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, leaving 224 people dead and more than 5,000 wounded.... Read more

Matt Johnson: Why they hate us and why they fight us

“Why do they hate us?” For 15 years, westerners have asked themselves this insipid question every time they read about the latest... Read more

Matt Johnson: Putin's fleeting moral superiority

Remember when Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a sanctimonious rant about U.S. foreign policy for The New York Times?

“A Plea for Caution... Read more

Matt Johnson: Stop calling Trump a fascist

“The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’ ” – George Orwell

Over the... Read more

Matt Johnson: U.S. wasted countless opportunities in Syria

A week ago, Syrian rebels seized a major military installation in Aleppo and ended a month-long siege of the city. Afterward, citizens... Read more

Matt Johnson: How Trump is ruining the national security party

When it comes to foreign policy, the GOP better hope the 2016 election is an aberration.

As Michael Hirsh observed in a... Read more

Matt Johnson: Democrats should embrace Clinton's record of interventionism

“Hillary Clinton is a hawk.”

This sentence keeps popping up in columns and interviews as if it’s an election-shifting revelation. For example, according... Read more

Matt Johnson: Significance of Taliban leader's death shouldn't be diminished

When Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was killed by a U.S. airstrike in May, President Obama called it “an important milestone in our... Read more

Matt Johnson: Obama's failure to withdraw from Middle East

Barack Obama didn’t want to be a foreign policy president. He wanted to pass health care reform. He wanted to guide the... Read more

Matt Johnson: Biden is wrong about Libya

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Vice President Joe Biden touted his opposition to the NATO-led intervention in Libya and the... Read more

Matt Johnson: Islam, terror and Orlando

For the next few months, we will receive daily updates about the life of Omar Mateen — the man responsible for the... Read more

Matt Johnson: The rapid decline of free expression on campus

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) published its annual list of the “10 worst colleges for free speech” in February.... Read more

Matt Johnson: Paul Ryan's perfunctory endorsement of Trump

When Paul Ryan expressed his tepid unwillingness to support Donald Trump last month, he was heralded as the last best hope of... Read more

Matt Johnson: Media created Trump, but the blame doesn't stop there

A few days ago, I was clicking around a few news sites when I had a sudden, disconcerting realization. I’d just read... Read more

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