I’ve tried very hard to care that Congress just overwhelmingly overrode a presidential veto and passed a law (the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA) allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. I really have. I’ve read the stories about how angry the White House is because they fear the… Continue reading LEAVE MOHAMED ATTA’S SAUDI HANDLER ALONE

To Sirte, With Love

It took a little longer than I probably would have guessed four months ago, but the Libyan Front in the Global War on ISIS is finally open for business–indefinitely, it appears: US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time… Continue reading To Sirte, With Love

What the Supreme Court beef says about the GOP

I’ve resisted the urge to write anything about the dearly departed Antonin Scalia, in no small part because I’ve learned that it really isn’t nice to speak ill of the dead, but I don’t really know what nice thing I’d say about a guy who once argued that demonstrating innocence was not enough to save… Continue reading What the Supreme Court beef says about the GOP

The capacity to feel shame

If Mitch McConnell is capable of feeling the emotion of shame, then I hope somebody holds his eyes open, A Clockwork Orange-style, and makes him watch last night’s Daily Show on a loop: Jon Stewart has gone after Mitch McConnell in the past, but now he’s so mad that turning him into a bizarre internet… Continue reading The capacity to feel shame

This is boots on the ground

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the US mission against ISIS has changed somewhat, along the lines of what he called “the three R’s”: Raqqa, Ramadi, and raids. In Syria, the US will focus its mission on backing a mostly-Kurdish offensive to dislodge ISIS from Raqqa, the groups “capital.”… Continue reading This is boots on the ground

Maybe you should quit

Marco Rubio thinks his job sucks: “I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.” This year, as Rubio runs for president, he has cast the Senate — the very place that cemented him as a national politician — as a place he’s given up on, after less… Continue reading Maybe you should quit

Meanwhile, in the actual Benghazi…

Trey Gowdy and totally not political committee are spending the day asking tough questions of Hillary Clinton, to get to the bottom of the key issues around the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack. These questions cut right to the heart of the whole matter, like “how about that Sidney Blumenthal,” “what’s the deal with Sidney Blumenthal,… Continue reading Meanwhile, in the actual Benghazi…