Lives (and Other Things) that Do and Do Not Matter: The Donald Trump Edition

I have been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and the lives and other things that may or may not matter to him. After much deliberation, I think I have divined a certain set of criteria with which we may determine which lives and things do and do not matter. First of all, according to …

The Decline and Fall of American Foreign Policy

American foreign policy is--to put matters bluntly--in free-fall. The United States is significantly less able to influence events around the world, it is not trusted or respected by allies, and it has undermined its negotiating position with Iran in the nuclear talks by making it abundantly clear that it is desperate for a deal. If …

Let’s Put Matters Bluntly

The Charlie Hebdo murders were caused by Islamist terrorists. They were not a false flag operation. Anyone who says otherwise is a lunatic. Any group of people who publish that particular anyone's claims that the Charlie Hebdo murders were a false flag operation may be considered a group of lunatics. Any former politician whose name …

Pope Francis Blunders

I actually like the pope. But this is just awful commentary: Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis spoke about the Paris terror …

More on the Charlie Hebdo Murders

Let's run through a list of news updates . . . 1. Al Jazeera is not a real news organization: As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail. “Please accept this note in the spirit …

The Charlie Hebdo Murders

George Packer's response is precisely right: The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some …

“No Consumer Choice, Please. We Are French.”

Another day, another report about how taxicab cartels are scared of competition: Uber's low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices. A new law tightening …