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The Jon Huntsman Fizzle?

I had planned to write a column explaining why Republican voters should give Jon Huntsman a second look. The timing was right: less than four weeks until New Hampshire. There had been a slight increase in Huntsman’s polling numbers, and other col…

Pakistan: The Trust Deficit

The deadly cross-border attack in Pakistan this weekend, in which Afghan and NATO forces accidentally killed at least 25 Pakistani soldiers during an airstrike, is only the latest symptom of America’s toxic relationship with Pakistan. It&rsq…

Let’s Have a Real Foreign-Policy Debate

Saturday’s Republican foreign-policy debate yielded only one revelation, neither comforting nor productive: When it comes to international affairs, most of the contenders offer plenty of political theater and little substance.
First there are the…

Iraq: A Failure of Diplomacy

The Iraqis kicked us out. After investing hundreds of billions of dollars and sacrificing over 4,000 American servicemen and women (and tens of thousands of more Iraqi soldiers and civilians), the Obama administration finally gave up. President Obama h…

Can Mitt Make the Ladies Swoon?

During the last presidential election, Barack Obama’s seemingly magnetic appeal to the opposite sex was a much remarked-upon phenomenon. There were his shirtless vacation photos from the beaches of Hawaii, a New York Times columnist daydreaming a…

Revisiting a Political Loser

Michael Lewis, who wrote the book Moneyball — recently turned into a blockbuster movie — is a master of using a compelling human story to show how we truly value each other. The premise: Underdog major-league general manager Billy Beane, et…

Generation Limbo

 
There has been a crowded field of suffering created by the Great Recession, in which $14.5 trillion of American wealth vanished.Keep reading this post . . .

Kabul Under Siege

It was a nightmarish scene that had worried American security and military officials for years: The United States embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, were under siege from insurgent forces. The Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based insur…