The real Bill Ayers?

I realize that a lot of folks were quite up in arms over this rather sanctimonious op-ed that appeared last week in the paper of record, in which former terrorist

An even sincerer form of flattery

Reading this Kissing Suzy Kolber post execrating my hometown of Baltimore, I couldn’t help but be almost honored that someone would put so much time and effort into a city

On Responsibility

On Responsibility

Andrew Sullivan, amidst his regular shellacking of the Bush administration over torture, slips in the following: Bush will rightly go down in history as the president who authorized the torture

Headline of the Month

And the award goes to Brendan Conway for “He Madoff with It”, the title to his post in which he notes the wide-ranging effects of the $50 billion swindle by

Bones

Bones

It’s still early here on the East Coast, but I’d wager Alex Massie’s penned the best quip I’m likely to read all day: One other thing: “Some of our NATO

Oil Betrays Chavez

Late last month, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took a beating at the ballot box, where his party lost gubernatorial races in five states and the mayorship of the capital city,

Alert: Fiddling While Rome Burns

There’s a time and a place for pieces like these, and this isn’t it. Deborah Howell of the Washington Post writes that: Women and men read The Post in roughly

Crackers

Crackers

James Poulos has identified the one thing above all that guarantees success in foreign policy writing: the catchphrase! Fukuyama had “The End of History”, Huntington had the “Clash of Civilizations”.

On empathy, cont’d

Damir is correct in his addendum that such was my intended meaning, though in retrospect I worded it pretty badly. I would certainly agree with him that intimate knowledge, if

The Simply Evil

The Simply Evil

David Polansky’s compelling points on empathy in foreign relations still fall short for me in some respects. Here’s the crux: The willingness to take another state’s interests seriously is a