Wills’s essay ends with Mark Twain’s much-quoted—overquoted, actually; I’m surprised Wills did not seek to avoid the cliché—“War Prayer.” “O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells. . . . help us to turn them out roofless with their little children. . . .” If we were going to war only for material gain, or were motivated by bloodlust, the critique would be apt. But I’m praying for a quick American victory in order that there be less death and destruction. I’m praying for the liberation of Iraqis. I expect most Americans praying about the war are asking for similar things. Neither the actual conduct of this war, nor the spirit with which Americans have gone to it, justify Wills’s accusation.
Conservatives do not do well in the cities. We assume, strangely, that this indicates a problem with the cities rather than a problem with . . . us. We may as well be trying to sell New York City and Los Angeles Edsels full of New Coke -- and cursing the consumers for being too thick to appreciate what we are ... Read More
In 2007, the Justice Department was in disarray. Though it was largely exaggerated, a controversy over the firing of some United States attorneys, the intrusion of politics into Justice Department hiring decisions, and White House contacts with Main Justice forced the resignation of an overmatched attorney ... Read More
The president wants them away from the border. Read More
Friday evening, the Special Counsel's Office and the Southern District of New York filed three key documents: two sentencing memos for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and a sentencing memo for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Most of the online attention has focused on the SDNY’s Cohen memo ... Read More
Congratulations to Kyler Murray for winning the Heisman -- and in a year during which Tua Tagovailoa was playing football, no less. And all shame to Scott Gleeson, of USA Today, who waited until the exact moment that Murray had been selected for the award before amplifying a national shaming campaign that had ... Read More
The federal government has discovered a massive new reserve of oil and natural gas in Texas and New Mexico that it says has the “largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.” "Christmas came a few weeks early this year," Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said of the new reserve, ... Read More
As the writer of a weekly political column in the Age of Trump (ugh), I have lately been wondering if, bereft of an idea, I might just write TRUMP over and over again, 750 times, and get people to read it. An idle thought — perhaps. After all, this was the week when my Twitter timeline was full of mainstream ... Read More