He's won numerous tactical victories. His legacy will be strategic defeat
Being an obstructionist wasn't why he came to Washington.
A small victory for democracy
Yes, the election turned back power to a pol who once cultivated the Taliban and presided over a near-war with India. Here's why you should consider that a success.
Popcorn flicks can save your life
How the Iron Man star found redemption at the multiplex.
The Atlantic's absurd defense of Henry Kissinger
The Atlantic writer's apologia for Henry Kissinger is incoherent and amoral all at once.
If Pervez Musharraf exists at all in the American consciousness, it is as a slightly nebulous, vaguely absurd figure from the early years of the War on Terror. Before the Osama Bin Laden raid and regular drone strikes, there was Our Man in Islamabad: relatively liberal (by the standards of dictators), and relatively secular (by the standards of Pakistani dictators). He gave speeches about the evils of terrorism, and was almost assassinated by suicide bombers.
It's not about not offending. It's about protecting.
In the aftermath of an attack, being careful with language isn't just about not offending sensibilities. It's about protecting people.
The perverse preoccupation of a 19th-century gentleman
First, adopt an orphan, then hector, teach, and preach.
When unserious subjects happen to serious journalists
When unserious subjects happen to serious journalists.
Margaret Thatcher's fluctuating foreign policy
Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy fluctated wildly.
He's apologized for intellectual dishonesty. But not for intellectual laziness.
Journalists love to bust one another for quantifiable crimes like plagiarism. But they have a much harder time dealing with intangible questions like whether a piece of work is any good. Jonah Lehrer's apology tour—long on analyses of his plagiarism, short on discussion of his mediocrity—is a pretty good case in point.