Friday Evening Cyber-Stroll

Friday Evening Cyber-Stroll

Here‘s David Weigel, speculating about Ron Paul running as a third-party...

Ahmadinejad’s Point: Shi’ism and Sodomy

Ahmadinejad’s Point: Shi’ism and Sodomy

The National Post opines: “Of all the provocative things for the Iranian president to...

Intelligence Failure—Why America Can’t Think Its Way Out of Iraq

Intelligence Failure—Why America Can’t Think Its Way Out of Iraq

The fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War was marked by a deluge of retrospective commentary, much of it focused on the past: how we got into this conflict and how it has been conducted. Fine, it is always appropriate to assess lessons learned. But why and how we got into Iraq and what choices could have been made differently are not central to when and how we get out. Washington loves to exaggerate differences in nuance into appearing as major and substantive differences—“My opponent sees six eggs, but I say there are half a dozen”—but the difference between the McCain and Obama positions is largely one of emphasis rather than degree. Language in one may appeal to neoconservatives, in the other appear to concede to liberal sentiments, but when one puts campaign rhetoric aside, the fundamentals are largely the same. The Iraq “debate” now largely recycles the same ground, and given these parameters, it is not surprising that there is not much creative thinking among Washington politicians about what to do next in Iraq. We will continue to meander in Iraq—and continue to bleed in terms of lives and treasure—until we have a serious debate, not about the Iraq we would like to see, but the Iraq we are prepared to live with.

Anti-Establishment Huckabee

Anti-Establishment Huckabee

John McCain is the presumptive Republican nominee. There is only one minor...

A Billion Here, A Billion There ...

A Billion Here, A Billion There ...

From today‘s Financial Times: “Speaking after the meeting of Group of Seven finance...

Joining the Revolution—An Endorsement of Ron Paul

Joining the Revolution—An Endorsement of Ron Paul

Back in 2004, traditional conservatives were faced with navigating between a Charybdis...

Arise Sweet Destiny: Go Ron!

Arise Sweet Destiny: Go Ron!

“Dr. Paul is the only candidate I know of who would have signed the Constitution of...

Ron Paul versus the PC Brigade: A Strange Silence From the Beltway Boys

Ron Paul versus the PC Brigade: A Strange Silence From the Beltway Boys

No response to my TTD piece so far from Jamie Kirchick, author of The New Republic‘s...

Marching Through Georgia

Marching Through Georgia

As the President of “pro-Western” Georgia shuts down the non-governmental media, jails...

They Lied Us Into War

They Lied Us Into War

The Center for Public Integrity does a public service by documenting how they lied us...

Al Qaeda’s Toddlers

Al Qaeda’s Toddlers

To hear the neocons tell it, we’re “winning” in Iraq, and here is the face of...

Chavez in Wonderland

Chavez in Wonderland

What are we to make of Hugo Chavez’s decree that the clocks of Venezeula shall all be...

Iowa GOP Debate: “From Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove”

Iowa GOP Debate: “From Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove”

Stephanopulous asks “What will you restore to the office of the President of the United...

Norman Podhoretz: Unknown Soldier of the War Party?

Norman Podhoretz: Unknown Soldier of the War Party?

How clueless is Rush Limbaugh? This clueless: “You know, when I talk about people who...

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