The abandoned war
August 17, 2014 There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. more »»
‘A’s for everyone
August 17, 2014 WASHINGTON — Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation! Starting around the mid-20th century, a pandemic of meaninglessly high grades swept the nation. more »»
Is ISIS ‘an existential threat’?
August 17, 2014 U.S. air strikes since last Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan. more »»
What John Walsh plagiarism fiasco?
August 17, 2014 This year’s Senate races are the Democrats’ to lose in the sense that the GOP is doing nothing to earn them, hoping President Obama’s political collapse will have reverse coattail effects. more »»
Time to back IS opponents
August 16, 2014 Islamic State terrorists poised to conquer Iraq will suffer from U.S. airstrikes — but that will not be enough to defeat them. Only attacks on the ground can do that. more »»
Get ready for denials
August 16, 2014 Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused Matt Drudge’s website of “the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever” for carrying news stories about the dangers of illegal immigratio. more »»
A poll apart
August 15, 2014 A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls. more »»
Profiling not always bad idea
August 14, 2014 Perhaps it is time federal airport security screeners are told to do more “profiling” of a sort. Recently, a San Francisco woman managed to sneak aboard an airliner in San Jose, Calif. more »»
The mockery of ‘Black Jesus’
August 14, 2014 At night, the children’s channel called Cartoon Network transforms into the badly named Adult Swim channel, a parade of juvenile “satirical” sludge such as repeats of Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy”... more »»
Who owns the future?
August 14, 2014 At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the “end of history” where “Western liberal democracy” becomes “the final form of human government. more »»
Obama blocks own investigators
August 13, 2014 Perhaps the best friends Americans have in government are the inspectors general who act as watchdogs to root out waste and sometimes, crime by politicians and bureaucrats. more »»