"Zero Dark Thirty" Has All the Depth of a John Wayne Movie
December 21, 2012
Chastain's character has the depth and personality of a placard, but if you like World War II films, you’ll enjoy this.
Susan Rice Isn’t Going Quietly
December 20, 2012
BY THE TIME Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for secretary of state earlier this month, she had emerged in the media as one of Washington’s most nefarious personalities.
What Will Secretary of State John Kerry's Foreign Policy Look Like?
December 17, 2012
A roundup of Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy stances, including a little bit of dirty laundry.
Why Are We Fascinated With Post-Election Romney?
December 04, 2012
This is so much more fun than 2008.
Why “Parks and Recreation” Should Stay Away From Washington
November 20, 2012
"Parks and Recreation" went to Washington, changing the show for the worse.
Impressions from a Morning in Ohio
November 06, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio—Two polling places and about two dozen voters. That’s not even close to a scientific sample, even if the sample is from Ohio. If you're reading in order to divine how the rest of the nation will vote, please stop. You won't find it here. But staking out interesting precincts has become an election year tradition for me, because conversations with actual voters inevitably yields some insights about how they are thinking—and, more specifically, how they process the information and arguments so familiar to those of us in the business of politics.
Our New Iran Plan Is to Help a Cult Gain Power. What Could Go Wrong?
September 24, 2012
Why the U.S.'s choice to remove the Iranian group MEK from the list of terror organization could come back to bite it down the road
Russia Tries to Kill U.S. Democracy Promotion Once and For All
September 18, 2012
MOSCOW—When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived for the APEC summit in Vladivostok on September 8, there was one item on the agenda she was not expecting. Sitting down with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the two discussed missile defense and Syria, talked about Iran’s quest to get a nuclear weapon. And then Lavrov dropped the bomb: USAID was to cease all operations inside the Russian Federation starting October 1. Four days later, the Russian Foreign Ministry delivered the news in writing. USAID, the government development agency started by John F.
Russia’s Wild Fantasies of an All-Powerful State Department
September 17, 2012
When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance? Mamontov’s investigation yielded two culprits: oligarch-in-exile Boris Berezovsky, and “some Americans” who hired Pussy Riot and choreographed their act in order to corrupt the souls of Russian youth. Mamontov didn’t need to spell out who those Americans were; everyone watching got the message anyway.