America’s perpetual war on terror by any other name

MattKenyon illustration

If you embark on something with your eyes half-open, you are likely to lose sight of reality

Tartan America: on the march

Across the US, Scottish-Americans are rediscovering their roots and celebrating their heritage. So how would they vote in next week’s referendum?

Heads or tails Obama
©Matt Kenyon

Heads Obama loses, tails his rivals win

The less visible the president is, the better are his party’s odds of retaining control of the Senate

Obama inaction
©J McHugh

Hippocratic oath enfeebles Obama

It makes little sense to telegraph reluctance to put US boots on the ground to America’s foes

Republican militarist
©Matt Kenyon

GOP must regain foreign policy realism

Instinctive militarism is now the Republican way, force is the answer no matter what the question

Ed Luce Column from Matt Kenyon

Obama needs to play the honest broker in the Mideast

The rote quality of America’s role masks changes taking place on the president’s watch

Illustration for Ed Luce column
©Matt Kenyon

Republicans renege on business pact

The list of anti-corporate stances by the party is remarkably long

Matt Kenyon illustration
©Matt Kenyon

Loss of trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome

When the president makes a promise, people are no longer inclined to take him at his word

Matt Kenyon illustration
©Matt Kenyon

A leader to heal transatlantic tensions

It is little use knowing which number to call if the recipient keeps hanging up

Ed Luce column
©Matt Kenyon

The era of US drone supremacy is fading

America would not tolerate another country operating with the same scope and secrecy

America’s neocons jolted back to life

Today’s world, with all its seeming chaos, is fertile ground for Bush-era conservatives

Obama’s White House legacy: to be avoided

The power to change things wanes, yet the ability to take the blame knows no limit

‘Hard Choices’, by Hillary Clinton

A diplomatic memoir sets out Hillary Clinton’s case for the presidency

The war of Clinton-Bush dynasties

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are by far their party’s most qualified candidates

Middle class frozen out of US recovery

When most of the gains of growth are going to a small slice at the top, little of the money is spent

Modi’s existential challenge to Obama

If the US president is to retrieve the geopolitical initiative, he must win over India’s leader

US bet on gas throws caution to the wind

However cushioned the American energy basket might look, it is unwise to put all your eggs in it

Hedge fund titans are testing US democracy

If branches of government bow to big business, public policy will be decided by the highest bidder

Uncertainty is replacing US power

America is behaving like a declining hegemon: unwilling to share power yet unable to impose

Modi is both India’s Jekyll and Hyde

There are two sides to the BJP leader’s character and the dark side is very dark


Edward Luce Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.

Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller.

E-mail Edward Luce

To receive an email alert for Edward Luce, sign up at the top of any his columns.