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QOTD

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On December 1, 2009
Stephen Walt: Americans have come to believe that spending government revenues on U.S. citizens here at home is usually a bad thing and should be viewed wth suspicion, but spending billions on vast social engineering projects overseas is the hallmark of patriotism and should never be questioned. This position makes no sense, but it is […]

Bailing on Bin Laden

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On November 29, 2009

I should hope that the absurdity of conservative commentary on Afghanistan is self-evident, but to summarize briefly, the Obama administration is currently under wingnut fire for a) under-resourcing t

Obama’s war

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On November 24, 2009

An unfortunate aspect of the nature of politics is that principled opposition to disastrous and/or immoral policies tends to either disappear or at least lose much of its intensity when such policies

The Sun (of all papers) manufactures a controversy about . . . Gordon Brown. The time line is telling. Brown, blind in one eye and of notoriously illegible handwriting (something I can say that I understand), pens a letter to the mother of a fallen soldier expressing sorrow over her son. The illegible scrawl could […]

Two Points on COIN

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On November 4, 2009

First, I don’t think that there’s quite enough appreciation of this: But the choice between a mindset that says “the main purpose of the military is to scare China & Russia” or a m

The Will to Stupid

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On October 30, 2009

Serwer does the necessary business to this idiotic David Brooks column: We’ve been hearing some version of the “is Obama tough enough” argument since he started running for president

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