That Kerry’s bout of foot-in-mouth disease highlights is how Senators treat Iraq more as political football than a national security issue. If not Kerry, then we have Biden masquerading as a twenty-first century Gertrude Bell, and Kennedy filling al-Jazeera with sound bites. There’s an incestuous narrative out there both feeding such politicians and amplifying them. Many of the Iraq books—those by Diamond, Phillips, Packer, Galbraith, and Chandrasekaran, for example—put politics above accuracy and will not stand the test of time. How refreshing it is, then, to come across a serious, dispassionate book that really adds a serious infusion of new information. On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom is one such book. I reviewed it here. For those interested in how the US Army prepared for war and what lessons it will take from the Iraq campaign, it’s a must-read.
Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN, was baffled. “You know, we saw a lot of politicians and Hollywood celebrities and activists rally around Jussie Smollett's side as soon as he made these accusations several weeks ago,” he said on Saturday night after his own network, among others, had begun ... Read More
It's always a good day when even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes like an originalist -- and that's exactly what she did when she wrote the opinion for seven justices in Timbs v. Indiana (justices Gorsuch and Thomas filed separate concurring opinions). At issue was the important question of whether the Eighth ... Read More
The French people recently completed paying out about $60 million to non-French victims of the Holocaust and their survivors in a program administered by the United States, a reminder that the United States’ central role in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of postwar Europe never quite came to a ... Read More
I’m old enough to remember a time when an independent secular Jewish socialist with a long record of support for Communist regimes would be considered a force for diversity in a typical field of Democratic candidates. Think back to years past, when the likes of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Al Gore, ... Read More
Pope Francis is conducting his extraordinary summit with cardinals on the problem of sexual abuse in the Church. And we can expect it will go nowhere. The summit is happening in light of two events outside of it. The first was Pope Francis’s recent laicization of the former cardinal archbishop of Washington, ... Read More
If you don’t know anything about Duke freshman Zion Williamson, just a few facts will get you up to speed. First, he’s a 6 foot 7, 285-pound basketball player, a forward in a linebacker’s body. Second, he’s known for his intensity and effort on each and every play. Third, he’s got the athleticism to do ... Read More
‘There are two ways through life -- the way of nature and the way of grace,” remarks the saintly mother at the outset of The Tree of Life, one of the most awe-inspiring films of the 21st century. She continues: Grace doesn’t try please itself. It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked, accepts insults ... Read More