Creative Destruction
November 12, 2007

The best case against universal health care.

Health Care Special Issue: Creative Destruction
November 12, 2007

More than a decade ago, Michael Kinsley, the journalist and former editor of this magazine, developed Parkinson's disease--a degenerative condition that impairs motor and speech control, producing tremors, rigidity, and eventually severe disability. While the standard regimen of medications helped, he knew that his symptoms were bound to get steadily worse with time. He needed something better--something innovative--before the disease really progressed. In 2006, he got it at the famed Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The treatment Mike received is called Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS for short.

The Usual Suspect
October 08, 2007

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy By John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 484 pp., $26) In October 2002, Osama bin Laden issued a statement in which he analyzed America's inexhaustible number of sins and prescribed ways of repenting for many of them. The statement was, by the standards of bin Laden's cave encyclicals, unusually coherent.

Books: The Whole Horror
September 10, 2007

  The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 By Saul Friedlander (HarperCollins, 870 pp., $39.95) With the publication of The Years of Extermination, Saul Friedlander adds to his already well-established reputation as one of the world's pre-eminent historians of the Holocaust and of its place in modern European, German, and Jewish history.

Romney-sarkozy Summer Summit

There's news out of the Boston Globe this morning that the jogging French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, will be arriving shortly in Wolfboro, New Hampshire to exercise his French right to a vacation on the American shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Sarko's vacation spot of choice would place him a few minutes around the lake from Mitt Romney's summer home.

Parent Trap
July 02, 2007

Jon Cohn on how Mitt Romney un-became his father.

Moral Majority
May 28, 2007

Regarding the nomination of Bernard Kouchner to head France's Ministry of Foreign Affiars, I think first of France, of the image she has of herself, then what she shows the world. The arrival of Kouchner--this great Frenchman, respected everywhere, the man who invented Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without Borders) and Médecins du monde (Doctors of the World), the famous "French Doctors"--at the Quai d'Orsay is obviously good news. Only the naysayers are sulking, only the losers are muttering about treason, wailing, like [Molière's] Miser, Harpagon, "My money box!

France's Fashoda Syndrome
May 07, 2007

Yet more evidence emerged just last week that France played a crucial role in abetting the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rwanda, it should be noted, does not maintain diplomatic ties with France.

France And The Middle East
February 25, 2007

A bit under two years ago, France rejected the constitution of the European Union by a margin of 55% to 45%. The E.U. since then has been, so to speak, under a cloud. Certainly in France. But Jacques Chirac has many fantasies about French leadership ... everywhere. And the Union is no exception. Among his greatest fantasies and most permanent is that the French republic is destined for leadership in the Middle East. Yesterday, he said he would "summon" the E.U.

Matters of Fate
January 29, 2007

In the otherwise brilliant opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, dramatizing the American landings in France on D-day, Steven Spielberg made one small slip. He completely engulfs the viewer in the American assault; but when we are thus immersed, he inserts a brief clip of German machine-gunners firing at the Americans. This complete switch in view cracks our involvement. It takes a few seconds to become American-absorbed again. Knowingly or not, Clint Eastwood has converted the Spielberg slip into a triumph.