It’s more and more clear that opponents of the war made a colossal strategic misjudgment in opposing the surge. Obama says the surge is a “tactical victory imposed upon a huge strategic blunder.” This is the wrong way to look at it. We suffered from tactical blunders prior to 2006 that Obama and Co. wanted to transform into a massive strategic defeat by hastily exiting Iraq and letting the country collapse in our absence. The surge saved us from that fate and now we can contemplate three strategic victories in Iraq: 1) Having removed Saddam Hussein and his threat to the region (obviously already accomplished); 2) Defeating al Qaeda in the Arab heartland in a blow to the terror group’s prestige and ideology world-wide (this outcome now seems quite likely); 3) Establishing a stable, imperfectly democratic ally of the United States in a hugely important region of the world (still up in the air, but seems more likely every day).
The anonymous Trump administration official who penned the tell-all memoir titled A Warning and an anti-Trump Op-Ed in the New York Times was revealed on Wednesday to be Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. Taylor is currently a contributor to CNN and an adviser at ... Read More
Recently released Census Bureau data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) show that in the first two years of the Trump administration, growth in the immigrant population (legal and illegal) averaged only about 200,000 a year, which stands in stark contrast with the roughly 650,000 a year from 2010 to ... Read More
We don’t know yet what will happen in the presidential election, but the odds clearly favor a Joe Biden victory, and even more strongly favor the Democrats holding the House. Harry Truman in 1948 was the only president whose party retook the House before the end of his presidency, after losing it. If Biden ... Read More
If Justice Barrett votes as her mentor Justice Scalia did, she will be part of an ascendant conservative majority on the Supreme Court. What kinds of decisions can we expect from this majority? Short answer: Ask Brett Kavanaugh. Contrary to how journalists frame each seat change on the Court, comparing the new ... Read More
Nothing threatens the progressive project more than the existence of a Supreme Court that adheres to the Constitution. It’s really that simple. That’s what the tantrum over Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is all about. The notion that the same Democrats who shelved the judicial filibuster and ... Read More