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 …

Won’t Someone Please Put Vox Out of Its Misery?

Please. There is no quality control over at Ezra Klein's pretend news site, the mistakes are piling up, and they are becoming embarrassing beyond belief. Jeff Bezos must indeed be thanking his lucky stars that he didn't shell out good money to support this quasi-journalistic calamity, but it is not enough for this clown show …

Matthew Yglesias: Not the Sharpest Tool in the Vox

Longtime readers are well aware that I do not take Matthew Yglesias seriously as a compelling thinker. Yglesias is one of the sources of inspiration--if not the source--for Yousefzadeh's Law, which states that "[t]here is no meritocracy in the field of punditry." (If one prefers, one may use the Peter Principle to explain Yglesias's rise in the …

Vox’s Detachment from Reality

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry shows that "voxsplaining" is nothing more than taking a collection of talking points from the port side of the partisan divide and pretending that they explain complex policy issues, and further points out that those talking points are compiled in a manner that is at best misinformed, and at worst, utterly disingenuous. I think "disingenuous" …