Midterm Elections 2014

I don’t have any special insights to offer about the upcoming elections.  I see no basis, other than wishful thinking, to challenge the consensus of the prognosticators that the Republicans are likely to win control of the Senate.  That would ...

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What Does Hamas Want?

Once again I find myself taking issue with a generally admirable op-ed column by the NY Times’ Roger Cohen.   Lamenting the inability of many Israelis and other Jews to recognize the humanity of the Palestinians, Cohen mentions in passing that ...

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In contemplating evil, to understand is not to justify

How are we to make sense of a phenomenon like ISIL?  A group of human beings who engage in acts of unspeakable cruelty with no apparent compunctions whatsoever.    In a powerful column yesterday, the NY Times’ Roger Cohen argues that ...

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The Syrian Illusion

Once again I find myself in the unusual position of favorably citing the NY Times’ Ross Douthat.  In his column yesterday Douthat nicely debunked the plan, proposed by President Obama and now approved by Congress, to arm the so-called “moderate” ...

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Obama, the US and ISIS

The President’s speech to the nation Wednesday can be reduced to two essential points: ISIS does not pose a present threat to the United States, but it does pose a potential long-term threat.   We must therefore act against it. But ...

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Victory in New York

I didn’t say it here, but a week or so ago I was thinking (honestly, I was) that if Zephyr Teachout managed to win a quarter of the Democratic primary vote against incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo, it would be a ...

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Election Season: New York

A week from today, New York State voters will decide on the Democratic and Republican nominees for state office.  Andrew Cuomo will win the Democratic primary for governor, and Rob Astorino will win the Republican.  Cuomo will beat Astorino in ...

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Ferguson and New York

The other day a friend remarked with surprise that I hadn’t done a post on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.  I hadn’t because I mostly limit my blogging to topics on which I feel I have something to say ...

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The Clinton Worldview

Hillary has clarified.   She says that she really didn’t mean to attack President Obama’s foreign policies in that Atlantic interview last week.   Maybe.  But she did very clearly mean to stake out a position to the hawkish right of the ...

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Iraq, Again

A couple of months ago, I said that it was hard to know the right course for the US in dealing with developments in Iraq, and that President Obama’s cautious approach was “about right.”  Circumstances have changed, but my basic ...

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