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Michael Lewis’ Article on the President Demonstrates by Example the Shallowness of Political Journalism

Recalling the inspiration for his profile on President Obama which appeared this week in the pages of Vanity Fair, superstar writer Michael Lewis said, “On a whim, last November, I thought what would be a fun magazine piece to do? Boy, it would be fun to go hang out with the president. So I got…

Coup in Mali

I don’t follow international affairs as much as some people, but I actually had been keeping an eye on Mali due to one of the candidates being a BYU-educated Mormon. Now it looks like there might not (probably won’t?) be an election. Mali is generally considered an ally to the United States and is designated…

Bloody Madness

Updated below. Over at The Dish, Zack Beauchamp writes: It’s better to think of the U.S. as the global police chief rather than sole policeman. We may be the strongest of our allies, but by no means do we take lead role in solving every problem. American allies work like detectives: they conduct crucial operations…

What John Cole Said

John asks if the fall of Gaddafi means he should change his initial opposition to the war: Does that change my opinion about the ludicrous notion that providing air cover, using smart bombs and predator drones, providing intelligence and technological assets, as well as a large CIA presence on the ground means we are not,…

Cutting Jobs Instead of Bombs

I don’t understand our political leaders. They’re so interested in cutting spending on healthcare and retirement – even the Democratic president is eager to start hacking away at entitlements – yet almost none of them can bring themselves to discuss defense cuts or curtailing spending on the drug war, prisons, and other bottomless pits where…

After the Fact

America is simply incapable of watching a slaughter take place – anywhere in the world – and not [moving] to do what we can to prevent it. It is against our nature to let evil triumph in such a fashion. — Andrew Sullivan I don’t think I’ve ever seen Andrew make such a palpably untrue…

Libya and the American Interest

[updated] It appears Muammar Gaddafi has called a ceasefire following the announcement of a UN no-fly zone: Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa said the regime would halt all military operations immediately, as Britain and France deployed fighter jets to bases in readiness to strike Gaddafi troops attacking rebel positions. “Libya has decided an immediate ceasefire…

On Libya and the Moral Case Against Intervention

~by E.C. Gach a U.N Security Council resolution has been agreed to, and now all that remains is its implementation.  Perhaps the only thing more difficult than getting consensus on a resolution is coordinating its execution, and these unfolding events have left many with a staggering number of questions. Andrew Sullivan asks several: “If the no-fly-no-drive zone…

The US prepares for war with Libya

This is bad news: As loyalist Libyan forces bomb the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the United States is pushing the United Nations to authorize not only a no-fly zone but airstrikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery. Reuters quotes U.S. officials as saying Washington has concluded that a no-fly zone is not enough to turn…

Israel in 2008 and America in 2011

In the summer of 2006, Israel sent forces into Lebanon.  The strike, while tactically successful, failed on two terms: on the diplomatic level, where Israel began to turn a number of lukewarm friends into skeptics, and—more importantly, I would say—on that of its military reputation.  The IDF, though not stopped, suddenly looked vulnerable.  For Israel,…

US Intervention in Libya

After decades of botched meddling in other nations’ domestic affairs, American foreign policy reached fever pitch during the Bush administration. More often than not, our meddling has resulted in backlash or terrible unintended consequences, from the installation of right-wing dictators in South America, to the Iranian Islamic Revolution. This doesn’t even take into account the…