Month: July 31, 2009

Jul 31,2009

David Brooks mixes religion and politics

This may make sense if you’re Jewish: Gail, as you know, I begin and end my days by reciting Congressional Budget Office reports. I even put on tefillin, just to...

Jul 31,2009

Um, what’s our mission in Afghanistan?

Are we committed to nation-building, or are we just going to take out Al Qaeda? Here’s Obama announcing his new strategy in March: I want the American people to understand...

Jul 31,2009

Michael Savage: Crunchy hippie liberal

What leads someone to become a fire-breathing right-wing talk show host? Answer: A Ph.D. from Berkeley in nutritional ethnomedicine. Seriously. The current issue of The New Yorker has a very...

Jul 30,2009

Why would you want that?

I have to say, I don’t understand this complaint. After a WaPo reporter explains why the WaPo and other media outlets have written about the Birther nonsense while largely ignoring...

Jul 29,2009

Islam, Immigration, and Europe

Andrew’s post on the bombing of the Outgames in Denmark made me think of Christopher Caldwell’s excellent new book “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe.” Chris’s basic thesis is that...