Has Obama Institutionalized Bush’s Worst?

Christian Science Monitor September 5, 2014 Dan Froomkin has returned to blogging at Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept. His debut posting is a doozy: In a lot of ways, we’re worse off today than we were under George W. Bush. Back then, Bush’s extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values in the name of…

Will the GOP Ever Win Another Presidential Election?

A graduate school colleague pointed me to a piece by Daniel Altman headlined “Why I Hope to Vote Republican in 2024” and with the subhed, “Face it: Hillary Clinton will be a two-term president, and I’ll vote for her. But a Democratic stranglehold on the White House is bad for America.” While I was intrigued…

Smart Wars Don’t Need Selling

The National Interest September 10, 2013 President Obama is pulling out all stops in a thus-far failing bid to convince the American people and their representatives in Congress to back military action in Syria. His secretaries of state and defense have been everywhere talking up the horrors of chemical warfare and the price to be…

Dempsey to Senators: Can You Handle the Truth on Syria?

RealClearDefense July 24, 2013 Senators John McCain and Carl Levin have demanded answers from General Martin Dempsey on Syria. Can they handle the truth? In open hearings before the Armed Services Committee last Thursday, McCain asked the Joint Chiefs chairman, “Do you believe the continued costs and risks of our inaction in Syria are now…

Oversight or Not, Drones Are Here to Stay

World Politics Review July 27, 2012 In “The Imperial Presidency: Drone Power and Congressional Oversight,” Michael Cohen argues persuasively that the U.S. Congress has abdicated its constitutional and statutory responsibility to reign in the executive branch in matters of national security policy. Then again, few who have been paying attention this past decade — some…

Twin Anniversaries

TCS Daily January 20, 2006 At noon on January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as President of the United States. Minutes later, the remaining hostages who had been held captive for 444 days at the American embassy in Teheran were freed. The Iran hostage crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, gripped…

The Triumph of ‘Angry and Stupid’

TCS Daily, January 4, 2006 Starting the New Year off much like he ended the old one, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the liberal dubbed “the most popular and important force in the blogosphere” by the Weekly Standard, hurls invective at the Bush administration and those who would sacrifice any measure of personal freedom in order to fight terrorists:…

Why Ohio Wasn’t Florida All Over Again

Tech Central Station November 3, 2004 By the time you read this, Senator Kerry will have done the honorable thing and conceded the election to President Bush. The Associated Press reported Kerry’s call to the president thusly: “Congratulations, Mr. President,” Kerry said in the conversation described by sources as lasting less than five minutes. One of the…

Swift Justice: Why Vietnam May Cost Kerry the Election

 Tech Central Station  August 10, 2004 The pseudonymous blogger N.Z. Bear issues a bold proclamation: “I’m going to go on record and predict that the Swift Boat Veterans kerfuffle won’t just be a major negative for Kerry: it will be a campaign-killer.” His rationale is that, if any of these charges stick, it will cement the image…