Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

Despite feeling like I would much rather have been regrouting the bathroom tile or mulching my yard or something, I really did try to watch both of the Republican debates yesterday. I guess I could try to write some kind of analytical thing about what was said, but as that would risk imparting a level… Continue reading Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

On Hiroshima

Today is, of course, the 70th anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima, the first use of an atomic weapon in war. That single bomb killed tens of thousands of people immediately, and many more from radiation-related effects over the following weeks. Its effects haunt survivors to this day, in the form of elevated cancer risks.… Continue reading On Hiroshima

Sudan’s other war crimes

It’s probably safe to say that you’ve heard of Darfur, the site of some of the 21st century’s most egregious war crimes, courtesy of Sudan’s unfortunately not arrested President Omar al-Bashir. Twelve years after Bashir’s government decided to deal with unrest in Darfur by pretty much depopulating the place (300,000 people were killed), many people… Continue reading Sudan’s other war crimes

Who’s going to take responsibility?

For the second day in a row, some guy in Mississippi (probably the same guy both times, who may have been taken into custody a short time ago) has fired shots in the general vicinity of a military facility, Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, where “Jade Helm 15” exercises were going on. If you don’t know… Continue reading Who’s going to take responsibility?

Joe Biden’s Iraqi federalism idea isn’t “terrible,” it just probably wouldn’t do much good

Max Fisher is upset about a couple of things. First, he’s irritated that Vice-President Joe Biden’s 2006 call for Iraq to be federalized, with significant autonomy for its Kurdish, Sunni Arab, and Shiʿa communities, has, in the collective imagination of the DC foreign policy establishment, somehow morphed into a call to partition Iraq into three… Continue reading Joe Biden’s Iraqi federalism idea isn’t “terrible,” it just probably wouldn’t do much good

Here it is, the most disingenuous argument against the Iran deal

John Bolton (R-YouKiddingMeWithThatMustache) most famously served for a little over a year as George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations, in which capacity he surely must have been the very first UN Ambassador from any country who had once openly wondered whether the world would notice if “ten stories” of the UN building just… Continue reading Here it is, the most disingenuous argument against the Iran deal