Evan Thomas

George H.W. Bush 1990 Newsweek Cover: 'No Vietnam'

The following special report was published by Newsweek in 1990, following a statement from then-President George H.W. Bush about America's strategy in the embroiled Persian Gulf. He told the American public, "This will not be another Vietnam." On November 30, 2018, the former president died at 94 years old.

'I, Barack Obama'

In Newsweek, Evan Thomas asks: For his second inauguration, can the president still reassure and inspire?

The Battle of Brand X

The epic competition betweeen Newsweek and Time as told by two of the finest veterans of the weekly wars.

Obama Should Not Fall Prey to JFK's Blunders

Appearances can deceive. We picture John F. Kennedy's inauguration, 50 years ago this month, through a warm haze of nostalgia and regret. How romantic it seems now, how far away, and how unlike our own dreary time. Washington must have been Camelot then, or so the mythmakers tell us, and so we wish to believe.

Why the Arizona Killings Won't Change Us

For all its excesses, America is an extraordinarily stable country. The overlooked consolation of terrible, seemingly earth-shattering events like the slaughter in Tucson is that the country is not forever changed by lunatics with guns or even zealots flying airplanes into buildings.

What Obama Needs to Do

Obama's only real hope to be an effective president and secure his legacy: talk straight about the looming economic disaster facing the country.

A General Who Speaks His Mind (Even When He Shouldn't)

Officers have been complaining about the politicians back in Washington for as long as anyone can remember, but they generally do it privately. But while Gen. Stanley McChrystal was foolish to be so unguarded around Rolling Stone, it's better to have a commander who feels compelled to speak the truth than one who just tells his civilian bosses what they wish to hear.

Charter Schools Often Worse Than Public Schools

Some 15 of NEWSWEEK's top 100 public high schools are charter schools. Since charter schools amount to only about 4 percent of all public schools, that would seem to suggest that charter schools are a runaway success story, right?

Evan Thomas: Why We Love War

The reasons and causes—territory, ideology, WMDs—may change with the times, but our lust for it is eternal.

53 Hours: Faisal Shahzad's Near Disaster

Frustrated sons of privilege, caught between East and West, sometimes make for dangerous militants. Mohamed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, was the son of a Cairo lawyer and the grandson of a doctor.

A Surge of Hate

Antigovernment extremists are on the rise—and on the march.

How Obama Fights Terror

Is he a lawyer too cautious in his approach to terror? Or is he a fighter who has failed to restore the rule of law? Yes.