What Should the United States Do About Syria?
February 09, 2012
It has been nearly a year since Syrians took to the streets en masse to protest the rule of Bashar al-Assad. In that time, government forces have responded brutally, killing some 6,000 people, but the response by the international community has been relatively muted.
Paul Ryan's Exceptionalism
June 06, 2011
I thought the most obviously fraudulent part of Paul Ryan's foreign policy speech on Friday, was its attempt to sneakily invoke the myth that President Obama does not accept American exceptionalism (a myth based on truncating an Obama quote.) Daniel Drezner disagrees, pointing out this passage of Ryan's speech that I missed: We cannot face these challenges alone. To the contrary, we need our allies and friends to increase their capacity and willingness to act in defense of our common interests. The first step in that process is robust and frank engagement with our closest allies.
Am I Too Soft on Obama's Tire Tariff?
September 22, 2009
I've gotten a handful of e-mails from wonks and fellow journalists today protesting (graciously, of course) my piece on Obama and protectionism. They almost all make some variation of the point that, whatever you think of Obama's tire tariff (and most concede it was disappointing but not egregious), he still loses out in the comparison to George W. Bush, whom, they say, evinced more free trade passion even as he was slapping tariffs on steel. Dan Drezner--so far as I can tell, the only one of my correspondents who's blogged his response--sums it up thus: Hmmm........
'moneyball' For Everyone
October 11, 2006
by Cass Sunstein Dan Drezner raises questions about the Moneyball approach to academic hiring. In my view, Moneyball tells us a ton about academic hiring--and about much else besides. Moneyball is, or should be, for everyone. The basic point of Moneyball is that in baseball, the top people have long relied on simple cues that often work well but that can lead them in bad directions. For example: Does the hitter look like a hitter? Does the pitcher throw fast? Billy Beane doesn't emphasize these questions. He tries for performance measures, based on statistics (the right ones).