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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Gaza—Where From Here?

Jimmy Carter has sometimes been called the greatest US ex-president.  I’m not sure about that—I would probably name John Quincy Adams for that distinction, and William Howard Taft might also be a contender.   Still, there is no doubt that Carter’s ...

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Gaza: A War Fought Justly?

In my last post I explained how just war theory (JWT) distinguishes the question of whether a decision to go to war is justified (jus ad bellum) from the question of whether a war is being waged in ways that ...

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Gaza: A Just War?

I had a ticket on a plane to Tel Aviv this evening, joining my wife who would already have been in Israel on a business trip.   For obvious reasons, that trip is off.   But I did say in my post ...

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Planes and Propaganda

There’s still a lot we don’t know, but at this point it seems highly likely that the downing of a Malysian airliner over the Ukraine was the work of trigger-happy pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists who literally didn’t know what they were ...

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