Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
March 28, 2014
A Remembrance

James Schlesinger, R.I.P.

Jim Schlesigner was a great man, a consequential man, and an enigmatic man too in some ways.

January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger

So Long, It’s Been a Bit Strange to Know You

Seeger was an unrepentant communist (with a small c). But the criticisms of his politics always seemed to bear too personal an edge.

December 1, 2013

You Betcha

Saturday’s Washington Post ran an interesting article on its front page, above the fold left, called “Virginia stays out of gaming as stakes rise.”  As the author, with the very improbable name of J. Freedom du Lac, explains, Virginia is one of only ten states (plus the District of Columbia) to have successfully resisted the […]

November 25, 2013

Dealing with the Deal

A lot has happened since I last wrote, on November 13, about the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations. The main development, of course, is that there is now a signed “interim” agreement and, as was not the case on November 12, there is a text to be perused. It’s not entirely obvious how or why we got […]

November 18, 2013

Staccato Notes

Everyone keeps telling me that short posts sprayed out more frequently are vastly better in the blogosphere than long-form, more deeply considered analysis less often offered.  But they never say better for what, or for whom. Well, never mind that for now. I’m so busy  with other, higher priorities, that I’m in a rare mood […]

November 13, 2013

Inversely True to Its Word

  Some six weeks have passed since I wrote in this space on Middle Eastern matters. Forgive me, for I have not sinned. I have instead occupied myself with writing elsewhere, traveling both domestically and abroad, editing the January/February issue of The American Interest (which you will not want to miss), collecting native American persimmons […]

November 8, 2013

Jews Is News II

This is not a post, dear reader, so much as a referral.  On November 5 Tablet Magazine ran a feature the editors there asked me to prepare.  It can be accessed at  I foretold of this in my October 2 post, “Once Again, Jews Is News.” I sent my copy in on October 1, […]

October 2, 2013

Once Again, Jews Is News

Yesterday’s press carried the results of a Pew poll on “identity” issues among American Jews. The New York Times entitled its page A11 take, written by Laurie Goodstein, “Poll Shows Major Shift In Identity of U.S. Jews”—read it for yourself to get the full flavor of the story. Now, those who have made their way […]

September 30, 2013

UNSCR 2118, UNSCR 1441

For reasons both political and delusional, the Obama Administration feels great these days both on account of the U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal over Syria that eventuated in UNSCR 2118, and on account of its “opening” to Iran. The broad optic here, as aided by either partisan-supportive or clueless media commentators, is real good.  If you […]

September 23, 2013

Class-Stratified Healthcare Triage Is Here

I said in a recent post that juxtaposition can sometimes qualify as serendipity. It’s now just happened again. Last week I got a letter from my doctor of the past dozen years informing me that he was changing his practice’s modus operandi.  He’s joining some new group that offers direct email and telephone access to […]

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