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.
Well, we all knew it wouldn’t last. Weeks after two different Ninth Circuit panels surprisingly upheld Second Amendment rights by blocking California’s confiscation of large-capacity magazines and Hawaii’s ban on open carry, the nation’s most progressive circuit returned to form. In a ruling earlier this ... Read More
Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the ... Read More
After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More
Let’s take a short walk down memory lane. Not long ago, on January 2, 2016, a small group of armed protesters seized an unoccupied federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located in a relatively isolated area in eastern Oregon, and the occupied building itself was far from any ... Read More
People are making this so complicated. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer, Sarah Jeong. When it was revealed that she had tweeted barbs against white people, conservatives formed a Twitter mob to demand her dismissal. While a few on the right said — or claimed ... Read More