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

About Abbottabad

To preface this, I’ve only read about half of Seymour Hersh’s report on the raid (or “raid”) that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, because a) it’s very long, plus b) its publication raised such a commotion online that the LRB’s website crashed for over an hour, both of which matter… Continue reading About Abbottabad

The importance of being precise: an ongoing series

It seems to me that when you’re writing about something as sensitive as the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, you might want to be sure that you’re reporting exactly what’s happening, and not being careless about wording in a way that could inflame the story. But at Vox (which, full confession, I read regularly… Continue reading The importance of being precise: an ongoing series