Leon Wieseltier
Literary Editor

Obama's Timidity on Syria: Lessons from a Fiasco
May 08, 2013

A reporter who visited the White House last week brought back the news that the criticism of President Obama’s immobility about the Syrian disaster has “begun to sting.” Good. Something got through. 

Don't Move On
April 24, 2013

Moving on is one of the quintessential expressions of the American spirit, and of the American shallowness. 

Obama Crosses His Own Red Line
April 18, 2013

Obama has a problem. On August 20, 2012, he declared that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian dictator is his “red line.” It appears that in March a chemical weapon was used in Khan al-Asal in the province of Aleppo. The game is on. 

What Big Data Will Never Explain
March 26, 2013

Against the messianic conception of data—Big Data.

Arguing Iraq—Ten Years Later

MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: "For all the talk about futility and perversity in interventions, it is well to remember that not all of them have failed." 

Syria, Bosnia, and the Old Mistakes
March 12, 2013

It has been two years since fifteen teenagers in the town of Dara’a scrawled “the people want the regime to fall” on the wall of a school. Two years. The Obama administration may as well not have existed.

A Darwinist Mob Goes After a Serious Philosopher
March 08, 2013

When Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos recently appeared, Steven Pinker took to Twitter and haughtily ruled that it was “the shoddy reasoning of a once-great thinker.” Fuck him, he explained.

Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Israel and the Palestinians
February 15, 2013

The fence along Israel's border with Syria will help to protect Israel. What could go wrong with that?

Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint
January 29, 2013

Barack Obama's foreign policy: "light footprint," lightweight thinking. 

Education is the Work of Teachers, not Hackers
December 21, 2012

WHEN I LOOK BACK at my education, I am struck not by how much I learned but by how much I was taught. I am the progeny of teachers; I swoon over teachers.