In today’s Washington Post, syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson calls for a withdrawal from Iraq. “In a sectarian civil war, the last place you want to stand is in the middle,” he says. Robinson parallels James Baker’s counsel from more than a decade past that we “had no bone” in the Bosnia fight. Eugene, should we have stood aside as hundreds of thousands more perished? By the same logic, should U.S. forces leave Kosovo? While not a U.S. action, would you extend your logic to support Kofi Annan’s decision not to stop the Rwandan genocide at its very start? If the Taliban seek to amplify Pushtun rhetoric when they fight against the multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian Afghan government, should we withdrawal from Afghanistan? Many progressives have made a cause out of stopping ethnic cleansing in Darfur. I support their calls. Foreign policy should be about both national security and principle, not about partisanship. But, by your logic, Eugene, should we tell the Darfuris to get bent? The Democrats were once the party that supported human rights and spoke out against ethnic cleansing. Increasingly, factions within risk making them the party not only that sacrifice U.S. national security upon the altar of Bush hatred, but also the party that symbolizes callousness toward human rights.
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More
Two Republican candidates for state office in Minnesota have been physically assaulted in recent days, leading prominent Republican lawmakers to caution their Democratic colleagues against employing inflammatory rhetoric. Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after ... Read More
The metaphors don’t get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her Me Too sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking-garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic senator Bob Menendez. At her side was ... Read More