Putting Iraq back together again is going to be quite a feat

The New York Times has a remarkable video feature up today, please go and at least read the accompanying story even if you don't/can't watch the video (which includes some very graphic footage). It's the story of Ali Hussein Kadhim, a Shiʿa and former Iraqi soldier who amazingly survived an IS massacre in Tikrit in … Continue reading Putting Iraq back together again is going to be quite a feat

There is absolutely no way this could go wrong

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) is proposing legislation that would authorize the president to engage the Islamic State militarily. Well, the Islamic State and pretty much anybody else, anywhere, at any time: Wolf on Wednesday told The Hill that when Congress returns from its vacation, he would introduce legislation that would override the 2001 AUMF and … Continue reading There is absolutely no way this could go wrong

Does anybody know the minimum Wonderlic score for getting hired at HuffPo?

Please join me in welcoming Huffington Post's newest Politics Fellow, with a special focus on National Security, Donte Stallworth.You might best remember Donte from his NFL salad days with the New Orleans Saints, or the Philadelphia Eagles, or the New England Patriots, or the Cleveland Browns (but probably not, see below!), or the Baltimore Ravens, … Continue reading Does anybody know the minimum Wonderlic score for getting hired at HuffPo?

Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

I have to give Peter Beinart some credit here, because his dissection of Sunday's New York Times foreign policy op-ed by John McCain and Lindsey Graham is pretty much right on the money:I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality … Continue reading Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

The GOP outreach to women for September 3, 2014

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) responds to Kirsten Gillibrand's tales of sexism in the World's Worst Deliberative Body by noting that, hey, no old male senator ever squeezed his waist and told him not to lose too much weight because "I like my girls chubby":"It’s actually a pretty collegial place," Johnson said in an interview on … Continue reading The GOP outreach to women for September 3, 2014

The Ukrainian ceasefire that wasn’t, but might be soon, I guess

There was great news earlier today when Petro Poroshenko's office declared that he and Vladimir Putin had cut a deal to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Finally, an end to the fighting and a chance for everybody, from Moscow to Washington, to cool off a bit. Really great news.Except, well, Putin was never in … Continue reading The Ukrainian ceasefire that wasn’t, but might be soon, I guess

Counting down to the return of “Whose Balls Are Bigger?” foreign policy

Chris Christie, who has rebounded somewhat from his various scandals to hold a slight lead in Real Clear Politics' GOP 2016 Average, is trying to learn about foreign policy, but per usual where he's concerned, only a flimsy tough guy veneer is apparently sticking (via): A few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea, Gov. Chris … Continue reading Counting down to the return of “Whose Balls Are Bigger?” foreign policy