A country's survival during a crisis depends on the credibility of its government, writes Bret Stephens of The New York Times.

I binge-watched HBO's Chernobyl this week. It made me think of Donald Trump.

No, my Trump Derangement Syndrome has not spiked to 12,000 Roentgen on the ideological dosimeter. And no, I don't think of the Trump administration as an open-air nuclear-reactor fire. To watch Chernobyl (and read non fictionalised accounts of the tragedy) is to be reminded that such similes should be used sparingly.

But there's one striking parallel. Chernobyl isn't just a story about an environmental catastrophe, or

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