Let’s Get Tolerant

Let’s Get Tolerant

A feature article in the Sunday Washington Post (December 9, 2007) by Villanova...

Politics

Will the Surge Work?

Will the Surge Work?

Chastising opposition to his economic stimulus bill last week, President Obama said Republicans "come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis." Americans, he said, "did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics." When arguing what’s best for America, sound bites seem to always overshadow the big picture. When the Bush military surge in Iraq was successful in temporarily stabilizing the country, Republicans campaigned as if the war was won. The creation of a democratic Iraq was closer than ever, said Republicans, criticizing Democrats who had tried to obstruct their efforts. When it was pointed out that the Middle East was more unstable today than when Saddam Hussein was in power, that the invasion of Iraq had dramatically increased the Al-Quada threat and their numbers, that temporarily quelling a civil war between Sunni and Shia had absolutely nothing to do with any War on Terror and that countless lives and billions of dollars later, the U.S. had paid an astronomical price for little reward, Republicans had only one response – “the surge worked.” But what if the economy improves after Obama’s stimulus package is implemented? Will Republicans be faced with similar declarations by Democrats, who will claim that their economic "surge worked" while ignoring the larger, catastrophic picture?

The Conventions

Distant Drums at Sarah’s Party

Distant Drums at Sarah’s Party

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The American Right has just died and gone to heaven. Wednesday...

Ron Paul for Commander-in-Chief!

Ron Paul for Commander-in-Chief!

The War Party’s mantra—if you don’t support the war, the “surge,” the empire-builders’...

Have I Turned Against Ron Paul?

Have I Turned Against Ron Paul?

I’ll bet some of you read my blog post criticizing (gasp!) Ron Paul for this...

A Visit to the Future

A Visit to the Future

In A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country, Gen. Wesley Clark , remembers two...

The Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence

To read the supposedly “libertarian” bloggers over at the Cato Institute’s...

Teddy Kennedy’s Still Swimming in the Stuff

Teddy Kennedy’s Still Swimming in the Stuff

Hold the presses. Teddy Kennedy has just signed a contract with John Karp, the...

Do “Raghead” Christians Count?

Do “Raghead” Christians Count?

Conditions in the new Iraq continue to get worse for that country’s dwindling Christian...

He’s a Uniter, Not a Divider

He’s a Uniter, Not a Divider

Matt Yglesias has it right: “Whatever else happens in 2008, one thing that’s certain...

Google to the Thought Police: ‘Bug Off!’

Google to the Thought Police: ‘Bug Off!’

Meir Brand , the head of Google Israel, explains to a conference on “cyber-hate” why...

AIG Bonuses Are a Ruse

AIG Bonuses Are a Ruse

There have been many different takes on the controversy over the stimulus money going toward AIG bonuses, everything from the general public not understanding corporate payment structures, to politicians knowing full-well about the bonus payments and grandstanding after the fact. Much of this is true, but it misses the larger point. Many, if not most of the politicians who passed this legislation had no clue what was in it – they never know – and simply vote as partisans, void of principle, and go whichever way the ever-changing political winds take them. If the American people were consistent, they would be outraged not just now, but everyday – as spending billions of dollars with little knowledge of where the money is going, passing legislation without even knowing what it is, or even knowingly wasting taxpayer money, isn’t something new or an aberration, specific to AIG – but business as usual on Capitol Hill.

The Lobby Strikes Back

The Lobby Strikes Back

During Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972, his interpreter and I, free for a few...

Acknowledging a Debt to the Voters in the Democratic Primary

Acknowledging a Debt to the Voters in the Democratic Primary

If I could just say a belated thank you to the voters in the Democratic primaries over...

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