Oh, that war on terror

Dana Priest, Washington Post: President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end

No relation to this blogger

It seems Roman Polanski may never make it home. Apparently, drugging and sodomizing a thirteen-year old girl remains illegal. Who knew? (In the interests of a shred of compassion, if

The Burris debacle

The embarrassment goes on: Mr. Burris, who was rebuffed by the Senate clerk earlier in the day, gained the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the chairman of the



Christian Brose, at Shadow Government, shows us what a verbal bitch-slap looks like as he turns Stephen Walt’s devices against him: Steve Walt asks what if the shoe were on

Victors’ Justice

Sometimes, you run across an essay that you wish you could’ve written, an essay you perhaps planned to write one day. You encounter it at first with a sense of

A question of time

On my “yet-to-be-read” shelf I have Team of Rivals, The Clash of Civilizations, and Jeffrey Goldberg’s* Prisoners. I have a feeling that they will be sitting there for a while.

Great Quotes I Read Today

Again, with a nod to Tyler Cowen, I present two excellent quotations I came across today. First one comes from the recently late Samuel Huntington’s magnificent Political Order in Changing



David writes:  That one is justified in responding when provoked, does not mean one should respond. As Brzezinski once grumbled, world politics is not a kindergarten. Military action is not