As Israeli complaints about the Obama administration grow louder, Representative Eliot Engel says that the slack he's cutting the president is about to run out.
"We have a new president and a new administration and we have to give them leeway to do the things that they think they need to do," Read More
The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. W. W. Norton, 292 pages, $25.95.
Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World is one of those peculiar volumes public thinkers of a certain disposition, upon reaching a certain popular standing, seem compelled to write: an omnibus summation of the recent trajectory of their thinking—and, by extension, the state Read More
Chuck Schumer tells Jason Horowitz that the biggest failing of the Democrats in the Senate was allowing Sam Alito onto the Supreme Court. He speaks up (now that the election is over) about his support for a controversial Iraq strategy. And he talks about his upcoming Democratic manifesto, to be entitled “Positively American: Winning Read More
While visiting my mom, I took in a fine talk on U.S. dilemmas in the Mideast by Retired Ambassador William A. Rugh. The talk was sponsored by a local peace group and was remarkable to me for the use Rugh made of Robert A. Pape’s book Dying to Win: The Strategic Read More
I wonder if other readers of the Times Op-Ed page are as aware of the mighty struggle that seems to be taking place in that venerated temple of received wisdom. It would appear that David Brooks has thrown down the gauntlet and seeks to unseat Tom Friedman as my-lips-to-all-asses, all-things-to-all-men purveyor of regime-justifying bromides. Personally, Read More
Downtown bomb-thrower, Gen-X John Reed, better read than Red: Pissed-off prodigal son returns to targets Wesley Clark, Tom Friedman.
The author of the New York Press ‘ “Cage Match” column, a weekly rant against the media, politics and everyone else who stands in his way, doesn’t try to rile people. “The columns are Read More
When the tank pulled Saddam’s statue down in Baghdad, and Iraqis-a small crowd of them, anyway-jumped on it, Tim Russert on MSNBC launched into a lecture to the Arab world. Will they show their people these pictures? he asked. Will they embrace democracy instead of terrorism?
There was something of a bullying tone to the Read More
As Tom Friedman told it in his Feb. 17 New York Times Op-Ed column, he and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, were in the middle of a long, off-the-record conversation over dinner when the de facto leader of the wealthiest Arab nation mentioned that he agreed with Mr. Friedman’s Read More