Categories: "International Issues" or "Terrorism"

US Markets Yawn at Ukraine (For Now)

On Monday, financial news outlets reported breathlessly on markets’ reactions to the crisis in Ukraine*. The Wall Street Journal said the events “rocked global financial markets.” Television business anchors used words like “roiled” and “tumbling.” But… more »

Singularities

In astrophysics, there is a concept called a “singularity.” Most often discussed in terms of the Big Bang or black holes, a singularity is, among other things, a point in spacetime from which no prior matter or information can escape. Because pressures… more »

Obama is just not that clever

Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intent… more »

Obama and Putin agree on something

At the end of President Obama’s Tuesday night speech on Syria, he threw in a line about America being “exceptional” because “with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the… more »

Jews Gone Wild

In recent years, I’ve been a small donor to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC, the largest organization focused on U.S. support of Israel and a potent force in American politics. On one hand our government’s giving… more »

Obama’s Loose Lips

“First of all, I didn’t set a red line.” — President Barack Obama, September 4, 2013 Even my five-year-old son doesn’t make as many destructive verbal gaffes as President Obama does (though he does lie about them afterwards just about as often). Cases… more »

Falling Into Radical Islam

I spent quite a few hours on the radio last week talking about the Rolling Stone magazine cover glorifying the surviving Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I talked a lot about the language on the cover, including how passive it was: He "was failed by… more »

Stop force-feeding Guantanamo hunger-strikers

On Monday, federal judge Gladys Kessler ruled that she cannot stop the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay because her court does not have jurisdiction to change policy at the prison near the southeastern corner of Cuba. Curren… more »

Overstating Boston

A wise friend suggested to me yesterday that the Boston bombing story is “the elephant in the room, leading to total reconsideration of many issues, whether immigration, the war on terror, gun ownership, cultural decline…” Color me skeptical.… more »

Obama Dodges Denver Reporter's Hard Questions

H/T Craig Silverman Congratulations and thanks to Denver's 9News reporter Kyle Clark, who asked President Barack Obama the hardest questions I've ever heard him asked. Kyle Clark's first question to Obama: "Were the Americans under attack at the… more »
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