Article Archive

The Immorality of American Exceptionalism

A nation cannot be excepted from moral standards any more than an individual.

October 23, 2014

Obama’s Big Ebola Wager

The main job of Ebola “tsar” Ron Klain should be to save the White House from its own political tone-deafness.

October 23, 2014

John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.

October 23, 2014

Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

Two competing narratives of addiction and recovery are both gaining prominence in American pop culture. Can they coexist?

October 22, 2014

The Militias Win Iraq

The official government military is now dependent on Shia death squads to save Baghdad.

October 22, 2014

Obama Is a Republican

He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky.

October 21, 2014

Obama and Bush’s Shared Dysfunction

Ebola has only amplified the governmental brokenness that unraveled the past two presidencies.

October 20, 2014

Bush Derangement Syndrome

What’s behind the right’s embarrassing reaction to a Times report on chemical weapons in Iraq?

October 20, 2014

Why Sunnis Won’t Fight ISIS

They were abandoned after the Awakening, and won’t trust the U.S again, dooming America’s new effort in Iraq.

October 17, 2014

Grover Cleveland’s Better Half

Frankie Cleveland was known for wearing low-cut gowns and selling liver pills.

October 17, 2014

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios for Iraq

The American war against ISIS could backfire with nearly every interested party.

October 16, 2014

Leaning In to Egg Freezing

The burgeoning vitrification industry monetizes the maternal anxieties of young professional women.

October 16, 2014

The Middle East Doesn’t Matter

Neither ISIS nor any of America’s fair-weather allies are worth the price of the U.S.’s deepening regional commitments.

October 15, 2014

Why Iraq’s American-Trained Army Failed

U.S. policymakers’ paternalism broke Iraqi institutions and established a military kleptocracy.

October 14, 2014

The War on iPhone Privacy

The government has cried wolf too many times to be trusted with backdoors into our cell phones.

October 14, 2014

Here’s Why GOP Interventionism Is Back

Republican hawks are getting reinforcements and gaining ground—and not just because of ISIS.

October 13, 2014

Off the Literary Reservation

Young-adult fiction is giving Native Americans their own voice.

October 10, 2014

The Iraqi Army Never Was

Careerist U.S. generals touted a toothless military consumed from the start by corruption and split loyalties.

October 9, 2014

Devolution Is Superior to Secession

Calls for secession are often strong indicators that too much power is centralized.

October 9, 2014