Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Sunnis can’t fend off Islamic State
October 24, 2014
Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province was forced to surrender this week to fighters from the Islamic State.
Opinion: McConnell brings value to Senate
October 23, 2014
Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.
Opinion: A new model to fight terrorism
October 22, 2014
“Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here. It has a staff of 14. Its annual budget wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of an Apache helicopter gunship 
Opinion: Women are key to fighting Ebola
October 21, 2014
Here’s some essential info you may not know about halting the spread of Ebola. It depends on the women. Stopping the contagion in West Africa is key to preventing its spread to other countries, and rural African women are key to halting its transmission — if they can be mobilized to teach fellow villagers how to avoid infection. Toward that end, the global humanitarian aid agency Mercy Corps is ramping up a massive grassroots public-health education campaign in Liberia.
Opinion: ‘War on women’ an insulting tactic
October 19, 2014
One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates.
Opinion: What matters at the end of life?
October 19, 2014
There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard’s voice without being deeply touched. Tragically blindsided by brain cancer and a terminal diagnosis, Brittany has bravely decided to live large, to turn her terrible personal fate into a public story.
Opinion: Panic won’t help fight Ebola
October 19, 2014
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin.
Opinion: Ebola dangers trump individual rights
October 18, 2014
Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.” And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that the CDC was initially following.
Opinion: Panetta offers valid criticism
October 17, 2014
Leon Panetta has taken a lot of heat for publicly dumping on Barack Obama’s foreign policy while the president is still in the White House.
Opinion: Obama facing escalation pressure
October 16, 2014
As fighters from the Islamic State surge toward control of Anbar Province in western Iraq and the border town of Kobane in Syria, U.S. commanders and diplomats are signaling that the U.S. must expand its military operations before the extremists control even more territory.
Opinion: Language police overstep in petition
October 16, 2014
Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.