George W. Bush

U.S. National Debate Is a Disgrace

As the American presidential election approaches, the dominant conviction expressed by members of both parties is that the country is gravely in decline. If the...

Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at...

Ten Years Later

In what is sadly a rare show of national solidarity, former President George W. Bush will join President Barack Obama at “Ground Zero” in lower Manhattan on...

A Kind of Justice

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama told the world in announcing that U.S. commandos had raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden,...

Still Counting

The October online posting by WikiLeaks of nearly a thousand classified Pentagon documents (the “Iraq War Logs”) shed new light on the vexed issue of Iraqi deaths...

Trivial Pursuits

Republicans were few—you could count them on one hand—in our Chicago neighborhood. The one on our block, Bob O’Rourke, was the Republican counterpart to Ann W. O’...

Extreme Makeover

On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood. He seemed calm and confident, yet almost everything he...

When 'Big Government' Works

Who could have imagined that the bailout of the auto industry, one of the single most unpopular moves by the Obama administration, would become one of its best...

The NAACP & the Tea Party

Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the Tea Party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable...

Generals Go and Come, and the War Worsens

The increasingly dangerous Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels: that of the war itself—the ultimately doomed attempt by the United States to...

Revival

Barack Obama's campaign promise of change did not include a pledge to transform American conservatism. But one of his presidency's major legacies may be a...

A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday's elections. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative clung to the...
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Book Reviews

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Continental Divide

May 3, 2010 | 0 comments