Syndicated Columns

Opinion: GOP letter to Iran may pose danger
March 11, 2015
Even by congressional Republican standards, the naysaying letter to Iran sent Monday by 47 GOP senators was grossly irresponsible. Not only did it undercut President Obama’s ability to negotiate a diplomatic agreement but it also undermined the aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that would potentially be most beneficial to the United States and Israel.
Opinion: Can Clinton curb email damage?
March 10, 2015
It’s impossible to know whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email account to conduct business as secretary of State is a serious scandal or merely a tempest in a teapot. Impossible, because Clinton and her aides have ducked the most important questions.
Opinion: Culture shift key to progress
March 10, 2015
I liked the movie “Selma,” though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced “hands up, don’t shoot,” a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not “constitute prosecutable violations” of federal civil rights law.
Opinion: Bibi provides good drama, poor policy
March 9, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu did a disservice to the U.S.-Israel alliance and the goal of preventing an Iranian bomb by his political grandstanding before Congress last week. If his real goal was to prevent Tehran from getting nukes (and not just to boost his re-election odds or trash President Obama), then he undercut it. Let me count the ways.
Opinion: Ferguson, Mo., is not an exception
March 8, 2015
By now, it should come as news to no one that Ferguson, Mo., has a lousy excuse for a police department.
Opinion: Trade pact spurs odd alliances
March 8, 2015
Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one’s own country is troublesome, as the catfish conundrum illustrates. And the degree of difficulty in achieving a free trade pact is proportional to the number of Democrats in Congress.
Opinion: Netanyahu forces Obama to defend policy
March 7, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.
Opinion: Killing leaders may not kill ISIS
March 6, 2015
Gen. John Allen, the retired Marine who is coordinating the campaign against the Islamic State, gave an upbeat briefing to Congress last week. He said that because of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, the group has “lost half of its Iraq-based leadership and thousands of hardened fighters.”
Opinion: IRS corruption eludes prosecution
March 5, 2015
Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of the IRS exempt-organizations division, directed the suppression of conservative advocacy groups by delaying and denying them the tax exempt status that was swiftly given to comparable liberal groups.
Opinion: Resilient truth must rise again
March 5, 2015
First, they sang “God Will Take Care of You.” Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried over the Alabama River by a bridge named in honor of Confederate general and Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader Edmund W. Pettus.
Opinion: Netanyahu sharpens focus on Iran deal
March 4, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister seems likely to come out a loser.