Today in Middle Eastern history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

Today is the anniversary of the Eisenhower Doctrine, which seems like a pretty good case for the argument that maybe it’s not always such a good idea to have a doctrine. Eisenhower articulated his doctrine in a “Special Message to the Congress on the Situation in the Middle East,” which he delivered before a joint… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

The United States enjoys two things more than just about anything else: doing war and making presidential doctrines about doing war. This country has been involved in some kind of military conflict or another for more than 90% of its existence, and of our 44 presidents, at least a quarter of them have issued some… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

It’s probably still not Rick Santorum’s turn

Unless there’s an incumbent president or vice president in the race, the Republican Party always nominates the second-place finisher from the last primary. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway, and it goes all the way back to sad sack Thomas Dewey, the butt of the greatest YA BURNT photograph in US political history: Dewey was actually… Continue reading It’s probably still not Rick Santorum’s turn