Terrorism

A New Balance Toward Liberty

It's not an all-or-nothing debate: We can be far more mindful of privacy than we have been without gutting the government's ability to stop future attacks.

Time to Intervene?

Syria’s civil war has been going on for more than two years. Seventy thousand people have been killed, most of them civilians. More than 3 million Syrians...

The False God of 'Narrative'

"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" Steve Roberts, a former New York Times journalist...

Great Exhortations

More than any other recent U.S. president, Barack Obama has succeeded in puzzling the pundits. His imperturbability and coolly analytical style have led even such...

Obama Needs to Hope Again

If a president finds himself in the role of a political scientist, he has a problem -- even when his political science lesson is 100 percent accurate. When...

Broken Promises

On the evening of April 15—the day two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than two hundred eighty—President...

The Culture of Preconception

The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we...

This Time Is No Different

The blood runs cold when one fully appreciates how vulnerable Western policymakers are to slogans and magical thinking. The Reinhart-Rogoff case is the latest, and...

Outside the Law

Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay traces the vexed history of the military commissions at Guantánamo, established...

Unfriendly Skies

Polls show that the vast majority of Americans do not want armed drones circling their own neighborhoods. Who could blame us for not wanting to be taken out by a...

From a Distance

War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen. And even if it were a police...

Is the Partisan Ice Breaking?

Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up.It is common in politics to assume that...
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 1 comment

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 14, 2013 | 0 comments