The NSA Scandal Was Good for Obama
June 24, 2013

The story about extensive National Security Agency monitoring of electronic communications blew through Washington with hurricane force. And, like a hurricane, it fully consumed the attention of just about everybody who fell within its path.

The American Left Turns Away from Syria's Agony
June 14, 2013

"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!” 

Obama's Choke Revisited
May 29, 2013

What his first debate tells us about his troubled second term.

The Real Scandal Behind the IRS Controversy
May 13, 2013

It wasn't the agency's targeting of conservative groups, but which of those groups it targeted.

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. 

The Gun-Vote Backlash Has Only Just Begun
April 23, 2013

Some liberals shrugged at the legislation's defeat, but there could be serious consequences for those who opposed it.

Fatal Fatalism
April 18, 2013

Stop making excuses for senators. Start blaming them.

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. 

In Defense of Polarizing Politicians
April 12, 2013

Barack Obama's critics—and many of his supporters—assume a leader who polarizes the population has failed. Margaret Thatcher's many eulogists do not share that view. 

Afghanistan After the War
March 28, 2013

In our preoccupation with our war in Afghanistan, we've lost sight of how to bring the country peace.