The Road Not Taken – Obama’s Syrian Mistake

Tired Obama

Obama came into office promising not to repeat the errors of the George W. Bush presidency, and by and large, he hasn’t. But he’s been so zealous in implementing the lessons of the Iraq War – “don’t do stupid stuff” – that he’s built his own trap by ignoring the fact that when you’re President of the United States, you don’t have the privilege of inaction. Continue reading

Despite Solid Reviews, Democratic Debate Exposes Weak Points

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With 15.3 million viewers, Tuesday’s CNN/Facebook Democratic debate had the highest rating of any Democratic primary debate in US history. That means that about one in twenty Americans watched the five candidates vie for the opportunity to lead the party’s … Continue reading

The American Debate on Guns Continues to Ignore the Facts

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The latest high-profile American mass shooting has reignited the debate on gun control – and the frustration among gun control advocates is palpable. But despite the efforts of the statistically minded, the conversation around guns continues to obsess over the least relevant form of gun violence. Continue reading

Death of an Autopsy – What Donald Trump Is Doing to the GOP

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Donald Trump won’t win the GOP nomination, but he has already left his mark. Every day he spends in the race makes it harder for serious candidates to make their arguments – and the more his antics are greeted with the approval of the recalcitrant Republican base, the shyer the moderates will get. Continue reading

Bullshit on the Stump: The Highs and Lows of US Politics

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Normally, I shy away from adult language; but from time to time it helps to dispense with formalities and, for the sake of clarity, call a spade a spade. Following the example of philosopher Harry Frankfurt, today’s post will focus on the high art of American political bullshit. Continue reading