Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy most anything else

If you’re at all familiar with Arabic society, you know that it has some roots in the pastoral nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin, who have herded sheep, goats, and camels around the Arabian peninsula and into the Syrian and Egyptian deserts for as long as people have been keeping written records in and about that… Continue reading Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy most anything else

Sometimes it’s OK to take the other guy (or lady) at his (or her) word

At Arms Control Wonk, Michael Krepon has written a great piece comparing the skepticism over Hasan Rouhani’s outreach to the West with the skepticism that greeted Mikhail Gorbachev’s similar overtures in the 1980s: The Reagan and Bush administrations were initially caught off-guard by Gorbachev’s rhetorical flourishes and diplomatic initiatives. US intelligence community assessments, shaped by… Continue reading Sometimes it’s OK to take the other guy (or lady) at his (or her) word