Articles by Bret Stephens



A Lot of Doom About Nothing

In 1788, Massachusetts playwright Mercy Otis Warren took one look at the unratified U.S. Constitution and declared, ""We shall soon see this country rushing into the extremes of confusion and violence."" This, roughly, is the origin of American declinism -- and it's been downhill ever since.

The Little Sweaty Fist Hypothesis

""This is very easy to understand,"" said President Vladimir Putin last year, explaining his idea of an energy policy.

Russia Has Become the Enemy

ItТs time for the United States to start thinking of President Vladimir PutinТs Russia as an enemy.

The Bloody Nature of an Islamic Reformation

In the early 1990s, Harvard University professor Samuel Huntington observed that ""Islam has bloody borders."" Back then, he was right.