George Will

George Will

George Will | Convictionless Trump and bellicose Bolton

WASHINGTON — Because John Bolton is five things President Trump is not — intelligent, educated, principled, articulate and experienced — and because of Bolton's West Wing proximity to a president responsive to the most recent thought he has heard emanating from cable television or an employee, Bolton will soon be the second-most dangerous American.

George Will | Free speech includes the right to remain silent

WASHINGTON — Governments routinely behave badly, but sometimes their mean-spiritedness comes to the Supreme Court's attention. On Tuesday, it will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of measures that California's government has taken to compel pro-life entities to speak against their own mission.

George Will | 6,000 days later, a war without objective

"The war is over."

— Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002)

"I believe victory is closer than ever before."

— Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017)

George Will | Pennsylvania race could set template for Dems

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. — Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, which ripples over the steep hills of this Pittsburgh suburb and stretches south to the West Virginia border, has not had a competitive congressional election since 2006. The fact that it will have one on March 13 makes this the most important 2018 voting before Nov. 6.

George Will | Billy Graham: Neither prophet nor theologian

WASHINGTON — Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian.

George Will: L.A. mayor deserves presidential hearing

LOS ANGELES — It was dicey being Jewish in a Russia that was tolerant of pogroms, and then came the threat of conscription into the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, so one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's great-grandfathers headed West to America. Another Garcetti great-grandfather married a Mexican woman who, fleeing revolutionary ferment there, headed north to America.

George Will: Why good economic news is really bad

WASHINGTON — In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity "is solving its economic problem."

George Will: Protectionism: America, steel yourself

WASHINGTON — Like Horatius at the bridge, or the boy who stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled, or the Dutch boy who saved the city by putting his finger in the dike — pick your analogous heroism — the Trump administration last week acted to stanch the flood of foreign-made washing machines that are being imported because Americans want them.

George Will: America the 'incoherent, distracted mass'

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: "It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us." Perhaps today's 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one of America's oldes

George Will: Progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series "Portlandia," the mention of artisanal light bulbs might be satirical, but given today's gas-pumping controversy, perha