Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican

Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican

The recession has been hard on everyone. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs. Many of those who didn’t lose their jobs suffered salary cuts. Retirement savings and home values have plummeted. Even people who have kept their jobs and homes have had to...
Violence Defines American Culture

Violence Defines American Culture

As a child I played war games (cowboys killing Indians). My friends and I routinely shot each other – with toy guns, of course. In my south Bronx neighborhood, older gang members had real guns and sometimes shot each other. Like in the movies! The cartoons I...
The Right Path for Washington in Syria

The Right Path for Washington in Syria

The Syrian conflict continued to boil – or boil over – when Syrian troops fired across the Turkish border on April 9, apparently killing either fleeing refugees or armed combatants. However, despite continued words of caution from the Pentagon and White...
What Drives U.S. Policy in Central America?

What Drives U.S. Policy in Central America?

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has launched an investigation into a raid on a remote Honduran village that killed four people including two pregnant women. Four others were also injured in the operation in May. In the waking hours of May 11, a group of...
Syria: America vs. Israel?

Syria: America vs. Israel?

The “Arab Spring” reached Syria in March 2011 when Syrian intellectuals, students, and union leaders appeared on the streets to demand greater transparency, political liberalization, and economic reforms. Although they did not participate in the initial...
Top Democrats Push Obama on Capital Controls

Top Democrats Push Obama on Capital Controls

At a point in the election season when politicians of the same party tend to sweep their differences under the rug, two senior Democrats have sent a strong letter to the Obama administration on a subject unknown to most American voters. This is the issue of capital...
Romney Vs. Obama: The Prizefight Election

Romney Vs. Obama: The Prizefight Election

Six grueling months remain until the November election. “Dogs for Romney: Brisk Head Winds Build Character” and “Dogs Against Romney: Pat Us, Don’t Strap Us To The Car Roof” bumper stickers may well highlight the campaign publicity....
Was This The Last Time the U.S. Is Invited to a Hemispheric Summit?

Was This The Last Time the U.S. Is Invited to a Hemispheric Summit?

Fidel Castro scored one big political victory last week without speaking or even leaving his house – and one sort of amusing little win. By a lopsided score at the Summit of the Americas meeting in Cartagena, Fidel beat President Obama 31-2. The USA and Canada...
The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

The U.S. war in Afghanistan (the current version, that is – the U.S. had just a bit to do with the horrific anti-Soviet war of the 1980s and its brutal aftermath in the 1990s…) is well into its 11th year. The U.S. is still losing. We never did have a...
Obama Goes to AIPAC

Obama Goes to AIPAC

President Obama held his ground on Iran during the last several days of dueling I-love-Israel speeches, making clear that the U.S. position did not match the Israeli demand for an immediate military strike against Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons program. But...
Populism and Pain in Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal

Populism and Pain in Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal

Mitt Romney said it this way: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they are fine….I’m concerned about the very heart of...
The Sick Man of North America

The Sick Man of North America

A century ago, the Ottoman Empire was falling apart as a result of disastrous wars and economic decline. Dubbed “the sick man of Europe,” the Ottoman Empire was not ultimately able to pull itself together. It expired in the flames of World War I, but not...
Obama’s Real Israel Problem – and it isn’t Bibi

Obama’s Real Israel Problem – and it isn’t Bibi

Aaron David Miller is right: President Obama does have an Israel problem. But Miller is wrong about the roots of the problem. The problem isn’t Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his Likud Party, or even Israel’s current extreme right-wing...