We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations. The consequences are not always trivial.
Reluctant warriors like Woodrow Wilson, LBJ, and President Obama make special kinds of mistakes. We will see how those mistakes develop this time around.
Martin Dempsey’s statement yesterday before a congressional committee that U.S. ground forces might be used in the campaign against ISIS means one of two things: either the General let a skunk loose in the barn, or he’s a deputized trial balloonist, floating a dragon kite for a President who is too politically astute to do […]
Whenever the U.S. Government has a choice between doing nothing and sending in the cavalry to sort out a non-vital national security contingency, it is a sure sign of an antecedent failure of imagination and planning.
Just a day or two ago came the news that the Libyan government, such as it is, has lost control of its own capital—Tripoli—not long after losing control of its airport there. The rump government is holed up in Tobruk now while Misuratan and Islamist rebels (Ansar al-Sharia and others) roam the capital’s desultory urban […]
Syria, Libya, Iraq, Egypt…why have Arab states had such a hard time of it lately? And would Palestine, if it were to become the newest Arab state, fare any better?
Though there are some important differences this time around, the solution to this recurring nightmare remains the same—and remains unlikely.
The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone—solid gone, and it ain’t coming back. Time to start thinking hard about next steps.
Jim Schlesigner was a great man, a consequential man, and an enigmatic man too in some ways.
Seeger was an unrepentant communist (with a small c). But the criticisms of his politics always seemed to bear too personal an edge.