Washington Diarist

A Poem and A Logo: What Walt Whitman Gave The New Republic
November 19, 2014

There is no more evocative emblem of the vicissitudes of destiny, of the grand drama of forward movement, than a ship. 

This Room Is the Most God-Forsaken and Man-Forsaken Place on Earth
October 09, 2014

Hell exists, and it is in the town of Makeni in Sierra Leone.

A Nude Breaks the Spell of the News
October 06, 2014

In praise of art as escapism. 

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. 

Israel at War With Hamas and Itself
July 16, 2014

The ugly realities of murders and missiles.

Fouad Ajami, 1945-2014
June 25, 2014

Farewell to a master and a friend

A Defense (Sort of) of Twitter
June 12, 2014

Leon Wieseltier responds to Alain de Botton's attack on Twitter.