Gene Lyons

10/23/2014 - 2:23pm

    "First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror ..."

    -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 Inaugural Address

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06/26/2014 - 4:40pm

    Remember the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush? It happened on Dec. 14, 2008, near the end of the president's second term. Bush had traveled to Baghdad for a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The two announced the signing of the U.S.-Iraqi Status of...

06/19/2014 - 1:14am

    Here's an amazing fact that most of the Chicken Little rhetoric about the crisis in Iraq fails to take into account: The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIL insurgents because two divisions of Iraq's army (30,000 soldiers) shed their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and fled from 800...

06/12/2014 - 3:09am

    "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows." -- Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

    So the Bonnie and Clyde of the great Bundy ranch standoff thought they could start a national uprising by murdering two cops in...

06/05/2014 - 3:23am

    Earth to Glenn Greenwald: If you write a book slamming the New York Times, it's naive to expect favorable treatment in the New York Times Book Review. Been there, done that. Twice, as a matter of fact.

    On the first go-around, the NYTBR reviewer -- a Times alumnus...

05/29/2014 - 2:51pm

    Another week, another disturbed young man, another mass killing spree. It's come to where episodes like Elliot Rodger's murder of four men and two women near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus have become so frequent in America that the crime scene tapes have hardly been removed before...

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