“This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time”

The tentative nuclear agreement with Iran was initially hailed as a triumph of diplomacy on the part of the Obama administration. But the more one examines the deal, the more one ought to be concerned about its terms. For starters, it is worth noting that no less than the president of the United States has …

Obstructionists

I write this blog post to condemn and denounce a faction of Congress that seems bound and determined to prevent the passage and implementation of a host of Obama administration policy initiatives. It seems like on a regular basis, this particular faction--which of course is substantially represented in Congress--tries to throw a plethora of monkey …

More on the Normalization of Relations with Cuba

Daniel Drezner has a very good primer on the issue. One of the strengths of his post is that it does not promise the sun, moon and stars for the United States in exchange for normalization. This, of course, is a good thing; no one should want to harbor unrealistic expectations for Cuban-American relations in the …

How to Learn the Value of Free Trade

There are any number of academic lectures, position papers, charts, books, PowerPoint presentations and briefings that are able to demonstrate to an open-minded audience why free trade is preferable to protectionism--or as protectionism is so often (and so misleadingly) called, "fair trade." And to be sure, academic lectures, position papers, charts, books, PowerPoint presentations and …

How the Bowe Bergdahl Story Became Politicized

It wasn't Republicans who did it: President Obama complained yesterday that Sergeant Bergdahl is “not a political football.”   That should be true, but unfortunately President Obama is responsible for kicking off the football game by announcing the Taliban-Bergdahl swap in a Rose Garden appearance, rather than leaving the announcement to Secretary Hagel and Chairman Dempsey.  The White …

Last I Checked, Leon Panetta Is Not a Republican

There are those who believe that it is wrong to have concerns about the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl, and that it is wrong to be concerned that Bergdahl may have been a deserter. Most of these people think that Republicans are cynically ginning up outrage about the Bergdahl story, and overplaying their hand in …

Obamacare: Election Year Poison for Democrats

So there was a special election this past Tuesday for a House seat in Florida. The Republican, David Jolly, won, and by all accounts, he won because he was able to make Obamacare an issue. And Democrats don't have any idea what to think (let alone, do) about it: Democrats can’t even agree whether Obamacare was …

Not Since Nixon

This is deeply shocking, and deeply disturbing: The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by her panel to investigate a …