The Corner

Blinken Walks Back NPR Interview

Deputy national-security adviser Tony Blinken said he did not speak clearly last Friday when he said that President Obama had neither the desire nor the intention to strike Syria without congressional authorization. 

“I didn’t speak very artfully,” Blinken said. “The president, it’s clearly his desire and intent to secure the support of Congress for this action, but I don’t want to get into any hypotheticals over what will or will not happen after the vote.”

When pressed to clarify whether or not he was standing by the statement in the Friday interview with NPR, Blinken said that “there is no point in jumping ahead of where we are now.”

 

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
Education

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More