Diarist

After the recovery of missing Holocaust art from Munich, the papers have been full of breathless stories about the art's value. Is somebody missing the point?

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The Smallness of Barack Obama: Diminishment, Drift, and Sighful Contemplation

A Chinese dissident shows us how to dream big

Obama's defeatist State of the Union should have taken its cues from the words of an inspiring Chinese dissident.

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The post-American world is here: behold it and weep.

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Who needs Abu Mazen to speak for the Palestinians when you can have an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego? 

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The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

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Comrades, we have lost. The only achievement of the Obama administration in the Syrian crisis so far has been to eliminate the humanitarian motive from American foreign policy. We have lost. After Syria, the argument about rescue and responsibility, about the uses of American power, will have to begin again. For Assad’s gassing of children has been a dazzling career move. His most recent, and most brazen, use of chemical weapons has not imperiled him. Quite the contrary. The dead of Ghouta have saved him.

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A Cop Out in the Shape of a Cruise Missile

We must do something in Syria

The trouble with complexity in Syria

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Oprah Lied at Harvard

Some of us are just plain average. And that's OK.

Oprah's privileged optimism does not change the fact the failure exists.

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History's first cool coup is a disaster for liberalism in Egypt.

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"Stay out of Syria!” screams the cover of The New York Review of Books. It would have been graphically cumbersome, I guess, or bad for newsstand sales, to have printed it this way: “Ignore the Murder of a Hundred Thousand People and the Massacre of Children and the Use of Chemical Weapons and the Bombing of a Civilian Population by Its Government and Millions of Displaced Persons Outside Syria and Millions of Displaced Persons Inside Syria and the Destabilization of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan and the Aggression of Hezbollah and the Ascendancy of Iran!” 

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