Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Political sages have advice for Clinton
November 18, 2014
It’s been almost two weeks since their stinging defeat in midterm elections, but Democrats are still licking their wounds and trying to figure out where they went wrong. They don’t have much time to extract the right lessons: The 2016 presidential campaign will begin in earnest any minute now.
Opinion: Tensions rising over Jerusalem site
November 17, 2014
While Shiites and Sunnis kill each other in Syria, an even more dangerous religious war could soon explode in Jerusalem, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Opinion: Book takes new look at Eichmann
November 17, 2014
Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about “the unfathomable.”
Opinion: ‘60s protesters can teach next generation
November 16, 2014
Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.
Opinion: China summit a positive for Obama
November 16, 2014
The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming china: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world’s business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, brilliantly illuminated guideposts.
Opinion: Nation deserves candor on Obamacare
November 15, 2014
It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of Obamacare, admitting that, in order to get it passed, the law was made deliberately obscure and deceptive. It constitutes the ultimate vindication of the charge that Obamacare was sold on a pack of lies.
Opinion: Military authorization needs update
November 14, 2014
Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.
Opinion: U.S. strategy in Iraq faces obstacles
November 13, 2014
As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, it’s important to have a mental checklist to assess whether U.S. strategy there can succeed. Right now, because of Iraq’s continuing corruption and sectarianism, it’s hard to be optimistic.
Opinion: Go ahead, GOP, impeach Obama
November 13, 2014
Dear Republican Party: Impeach President Obama. Go ahead, you know you want to do it. The very thought makes you warm and gooey inside.
Opinion: Bankruptcy laws can stifle innovation
November 12, 2014
Chile has just taken a bold step to promote innovation that should be copied by all other Latin American countries. In order to encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses and not be paralyzed by the fear of failure, it has put into effect a new bankruptcy law that eliminates many of the burdens of insolvency.
Opinion: U.S. democracy losing its luster
November 11, 2014
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a good time to reflect on the dimming regard for democratic government — at home and abroad. Nov. 9, 1989, the day that East Berliners scaled the wall and embraced their fellow Germans from the West, marked the zenith of global faith in democracy’s promise, shortly before the communist empire collapsed.