Washington Diarist

Obama Against ISIS: The End of Halfheartedness?
September 09, 2014

Interventionists are not less calm than isolationists; we are only more sleep-deprived.

Obama Was Wrong. The Era of Humanitarian Intervention Is Not Over.
August 27, 2014

Obama thought he could end humanitarian intervention. He was momentously wrong.

Israel and Gaza: A Just and Unjust War
August 06, 2014

The conduct of a war must influence the way we think about it. 

J Street's Rejection Is a Scandal
May 07, 2014

The exclusion of an opinion is not a refutation of it.

The Emptiness of Data Journalism
Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns
March 19, 2014

Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns

Ukrainian Lessons for an American President
March 07, 2014

We must mentally arm ourselves against a reality about which we only recently disarmed ourselves: the reality of protracted conflict.

A Revelation on the Beach
December 12, 2013

Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind.

"By Doing Nothing in Syria, Obama Ensured That There Is Nothing We Can Do."
November 08, 2013

The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013
November 08, 2013

For thirty years it was my custom at editorial meetings to begin my report on the next week’s issue with the words: “We have Kauffmann.” The last time I did so, I had a tear in my eye.

"What I Saw Was a High, Gorgeous Pile of Figs"
Obama, Moustaki, and me
August 30, 2013

The futility of one’s thoughts is no reason not to think them.