The easiest point to make about Tom Clancy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 66, is that he was a mediocre writer who penned books with noxious political messages. But he was more interesting than that, even if only as a totemic cultural figure.
OK, We're Hypocrites! It's Irrelevant to the Syria Debate.
August 26, 2013
Foreign Policy's website has an excellent report on the C.I.A.'s disgraceful backing of Saddam Hussein during the time that he used chemical weapons against Iran. In 1988, as Shane Harris and Matthew M.
Our Distorted "National Debate" Over Surveillance
June 12, 2013
Back in the mid-'80s, this country engaged in a tortuous debate over aid to Nicaragua’s Contras.
Give Me Austerity!
May 10, 2013
That is the overly simplistic question.
February 27, 2013
The GOP, which once delighted in mocking Democratic sissies, is spending the winter complaining that President Obama is being mean to Republicans.
February 10, 2013
Why the Republicans are, and will continue to be, the party of white people: an historical investigation.
Scenes from the Conservative Bunker
January 27, 2013
The message to the several hundred disconsolate attendees: Obama is out to "annihilate" the GOP.
Obama's Second Inaugural Will Stand the Test of Time
January 21, 2013
Presidents use their inaugural addresses as an opportunity to talk about the future.
When It Comes to Worldview, Jack Lew is Obama in Coke-Bottle Glasses
January 09, 2013
Two years ago I was interviewing Tim Geithner when he started ticking off the ways he was poorly suited to being Treasury secretary late in Obama’s first term. Above all, he said, was the fact that the job was increasingly focused on questions of values and ideology—how the government should spend its scarce resources, who should get the shaft and who should pick up the tab—whereas Geithner saw himself as a financial technocrat. “A huge part of the economic challenge the president faces on this stuff is that it’s going to be at the center of the political debate,” he told me.