How Bad Can the Iraq Situation Get? An Expert Weighs In.
June 24, 2014
“What if everything that has happened in Iraq since 2003 is just preamble to the main event?”
Anyone giving Dick Cheney et al a megaphone to attack Obama's Iraq policy is enabling a huge conflict of interest.
Can Chuck Hagel Cure the Military's Health Care Problem?
January 09, 2013
One of the military's biggest threats is from within: its soaring health care costs.
Hagel, the Enemy of Liberals' Enemies, Shouldn't be Their Friend
December 30, 2012
Too many liberals admire Chuck Hagel because his detractors include Bush administration types. They shouldn't.
Why Is Dan Senor Considered a Serious Foreign Policy Thinker?
October 23, 2012
Dan Senor is a glorified flack. So why is he in serious discussion for a foreign policy job in a Romney administration?
Obama Plainly Disagrees with His World Bank Nominee
March 23, 2012
Over at The Washington Post, Jonathan Bernstein argues that the Jim Yong Kim nomination for World Bank president is (for liberals at least) a pleasant byproduct of having a Democratic president: It’s very difficult for me to imagine John McCain, had he won the presidency — or a President Mitt Romney, for that matter — reaching out beyond the usual bankers and recycled government officials to choose someone like Kim. But it’s not at all hard to picture Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden or Chris Dodd picking him. Presidents don’t make these types of picks on their own.
Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book?
November 04, 2011
As the discourse about Israel on university campuses continues to degenerate, there is growing concern that some of Israel’s most vocal detractors are crossing a red line between acceptable criticism of Israel and legitimizing anti-Semitism.
Libya Ad Hominem-mania
March 22, 2011
Andrew Sullivan complains about the fact that many supporters of the Iraq war also support the Libya intervention: The American people experienced the Iraq fiasco as something never to be entertained again. The neocons and liberal interventionists in Washington saw it as one road bump in their plan to make the whole world a better place (and treat it as if it were a matter of history, not still absorbing American arms and money and occupying troops).
Necessary Changes of Mind
June 22, 2010
This post is from our new In-House Critics blog. Click here to read more about it. Sometimes, Leon Wieseltier’s eloquence disguises a murky argument. “Political conviction cannot be indifferent to events,” he writes in his last Washington Diarist, “but not every event is an occasion for new thinking.” The Iraq war turned certain liberals (unnamed) who once believed “in the responsibility of American power to do good in the world” into Obama-admiring realists. They would be wiser, he counsels, to stick to their “fundamental beliefs.” And to grasp those, “The study of history should suffice.