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
The ugly realities of murders and missiles
July 16, 2014

The ugly realities of murders and missiles.

Fouad Ajami, 1945-2014
Farewell to a master and a friend
June 25, 2014

Farewell to a master and a friend

A Defense (Sort of) of Twitter
I don't tweet, but I see why some of you do
June 12, 2014

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