National Columnist

How to stop — or slow — Putin

March 14, 2014

The president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council challenges critics of President Obama’s Ukraine policy by saying, “What are you going to do, send the 101st Airborne into Crimea?” Not exactly subtle. And rather silly, considering that no one has proposed such a thing. The alternative to passivity is not war but a serious Read More

Midterms an Obamacare referendum? Not so fast.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the man in charge of House Republicans’ 2014 campaign, told a roomful of reporters at the National Press Club that they shouldn’t read much into that day’s special election in Florida to fill the seat of the late GOP congressman Bill Young. “Whether we win it or Read More

Obama’s inaction enables Putin’s grab for Ukraine

March 7, 2014

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it’s not in Russia’s interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it’s a sign of weakness. Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years. Russia conquered it 20 years before the U.S. acquired Read More

Putin’s gambit on a Ukrainian chessboard

February 28, 2014

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Putin’s mission is restoration. First, restore traditional Russian Read More

The myth of ‘settled science’

February 21, 2014

I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years Read More

Despite divisiveness, immigration reform matters

February 14, 2014

Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity. Many Republicans Read More

The health care myths we all live by

February 7, 2014

Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It’s already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you’d expect given the extravagant — and incessant — claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants. In fact, they are either useless or harmful, conclude the editors Read More

Lessons of Benghazi revealed in Senate Intelligence Committee report

January 31, 2014

The bipartisan report on Benghazi released Jan. 15 by the Senate Intelligence Committee should finally convince conspiracy theorists of the obvious: There is no there there. Administration officials did not orchestrate any kind of attempt, politically motivated or otherwise, to deceive the American people. In their public statements, including the infamous talking points, they relied Read More

How to fight academic bigotry

January 10, 2014

For decades, the American Studies Association has labored in well-deserved obscurity. No longer. It’s now made a name for itself by voting to boycott Israeli universities, accusing them of denying academic and human rights to Palestinians. Given that Israel has a profoundly democratic political system, the freest press in the Middle East, a fiercely independent Read More

Stop the bailout — now

January 3, 2014

First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014. Make it one line long: “Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed.” End of bill. End of bailout. End of story. Why do we need it? On Dec. 18, the chairman of the Read More

A dazzling bright future dawns in New Jersey

December 27, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J.— In a scientific complex on 88 bucolic acres near here, some astonishingly talented people are advancing a decades-long project to create a sun on Earth. When — not if; when — decades hence they and collaborators around the world succeed, their achievement will be more transformative of human life than any prior scientific Read More

Can Muslim lands learn to tolerate Christianity?

In some parts of the world, Herod’s massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. On Christmas Day in Iraq, 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian districts of Baghdad. Radical Islamists mark — and stain — the season with brutality and intolerance. The violence, of course, is not restricted by the calendar. Read More

Story of the year: Realizing how radical Obamacare is

December 20, 2013

The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place. Obamacare Read More

Congress’s drag on the economy

It is tantalizing to wonder, as Ben Bernanke did Wednesday afternoon, how much better the economy would be today, and how many millions more would have jobs, if Congress hadn’t done so much over the past few years to drag down growth. Bernanke was giving his last news conference as Fed chairman, and it became Read More

Discovering President Obama the oblivious

December 13, 2013

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.” An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender Read More

Obama’s epiphanies about governing

December 12, 2013

The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed Read More

Woe to U.S. allies

December 6, 2013

Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine Read More

Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare

November 15, 2013

“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your Read More

Obama to campaign to ensure health law’s success

November 8, 2013

The Obamacare website doesn’t work. Hundreds of thousands of insured Americans are seeing their plans summarily terminated. Millions more face the same prospect next year. Confronted with a crisis of governance, how does President Obama respond? He campaigns. “I’ve got one more campaign in me,” he told grass-roots supporters Monday — a series of speeches Read More

Behind every great woman

October 25, 2013

Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: “Behind every great man is a great woman,” or some variation thereof. The meaning is clear, though its origin less so. Whether the expression evolved from the women’s movement or was uttered by a wise man is less important than its truth. Today, as Read More

GOP: Stop being so negative

The American political class is facing a perfect storm of public contempt. Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fé. Meanwhile, an administration that seeks to transform U.S. health care cannot run a Web site — a breathtaking Read More

Redskins and reason

October 18, 2013

In re the (Washington) Redskins. Should the name be changed? I don’t like being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic sensitivity. Or advised by the president of the United States about changing team names. Or blackmailed by tribal leaders playing the race card. I don’t like the language police ensuring that no one anywhere gives offense Read More

The way out

October 11, 2013

For all the hyped indignation over GOP “anarchism,” there has been remarkable media reticence about the president’s intransigence. He has refused to negotiate anything unless the Republicans fully fund the government and raise the debt ceiling — unconditionally. For all his protestations about protecting the full faith and credit of the United States — jittery Read More

Redskins’ name is ready for retiring

As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Washington Redskins controversy — should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? — was, well, knee-jerk. As in, good grief, must we change every word to please every offended group? Moreover, as an alum of Florida State University (Go ’Noles!), whose Read More

Shutdown, schmutdown

October 2, 2013

In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened. In the hours leading up to and following Tuesday’s government shutdown, conventional spin (wisdom is on permanent leave) was that the tea party crazies popularly known as the Insanity Caucus were driving the Republican House, compliments Read More

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