Obama and U.S. Foreign Policy

Historians, of all people, should understand the dangers of prematurely evaluating a President’s foreign policy record. Quite apart from all that we learn as archives open, the passage of time provides perspective. To take an obvious example: while few contemporary observers would celebrate it now, at the time, Ronald Reagan’s approach to Afghanistan was heralded […]

closing guantanamo: managing insecurity

I am not a card-carrying member of the ACLU. I do not believe that the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights are absolute. I’ve even been known to tell telephone solicitors for the NRA who invoke the second amendment, that their ilk are members of one of  the top ten evil organizations in the country (in language not […]

Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?

In a recent blog, my esteemed colleague from the great state of Lester Maddox and Saxby Chambliss [and, coming from the state that's given us Tom DeLay, George W. Bush, and the best damned secessionist movement south of Todd Palin's snow machine, I say that endearingly] talked about torture and the so-called one-percent solution, i.e. […]