Wednesday October 22, 2014
October 2nd, 2014
There is a tension at the heart of President Barack Obama's campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy. Quite simply, it is the tension between two vital goals - promoting the "soul-searching" that the Islamic State's emergence has triggered in the Arab-Muslim world and "searching and destroying" the extremist group in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
Tell your Mama
Tell your Paw
I'm gonna send you back to Arkansas
-- Ray Charles
The remarkable thing is that an aloof, bookish fellow like Tom Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate anywhere, much less in darkest Arkansas.
Whatever happened to "Obamamania?" Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election -- or, at least, that more of us Americans think they have.
It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny delight that the two latest polls were conducted in the wake of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
There’s a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, “You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?”
Umm…yeah. Yeah, we do. But why?
A wit once observed that a bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once. That would be good advice for politicians who are prone to repeating ill-chosen words or behavior that tags them forever thereafter as dumb, careless or mean-spirited.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a tragedy. But, more than that, the response to it has been a gross failure.
The spectacular failure of incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to use a "Willie Horton-style ad" (it's being called that) would almost be amusing for this veteran of the real Willie Horton ad were it not so pitiful on so many levels.
I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done — can-do groups that can, and do.
But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Train That Couldn’t. I’m talking about Congress.
When the Census released the latest data on inequality, most mainstream media outlets shrugged it off.
As the Republican right's fear swells in advance of Hillary Clinton's anticipated presidential campaign, conservatives' feverish smears increasingly resemble the desperate gambits of a certain Wile E. Coyote. The latest episode in their cartoonish crusade appeared in The Washington Free Beacon, which headlined "The Hillary Letters" the other day with an ominous subhead: "Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed."