It also can bring you considerable recognition for less effort than it takes to write a professional monograph or journal article.Moreover, effective op-ed articles reflect well on both the author and the College, which is why Carleton encourages faculty members and others to reach out to this important market.The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay.We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us.
On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr.Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president.Faculty experts and other members of the Carleton community who have an interesting opinion to share (and who at Carleton doesn't?), may consider writing an op-ed article for a newspaper or elsewhere.Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.Senator John Mc Cain put it best in his farewell letter.