WASHINGTON — In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible “moderates” whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.
The Supreme Court’s ruling last week allowing police to compel DNA samples from persons arrested for serious offenses will solve cold cases around the country, putting dangerous criminals behind bars. But despite this clearly beneficial impact, the court’s 5-4 ruling was wrong — and may be more far-reaching than we can now imagine.
WASHINGTON — The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy. Then we can decide how history should remember him.
Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”
President Barack Obama wisely avoided the phrase “mission accomplished” in his major speech last week about the “war on terror,” but columnists aren’t obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.
President Barack Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem. If Congress sticks to its policy of obstruction and willful ignorance, Obama should use his executive powers to the fullest extent. We are out of time.
The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their emails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.
Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.
WASHINGTON – For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions:
President Barack Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.
President Barack Obama is right to resist the mounting pressure for military intervention in Syria. Action by U.S. forces might or might not make the situation better — but certainly could make things worse.
WASHINGTON – In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.
WASHINGTON – The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists – and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.
I think I’ve figured it out. Republicans must be staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security.
It is time to acknowledge that the fashionable theory of school reform – requiring that pay and job security for teachers, principals and administra-tors depend on their students’ standardized test scores – is at best a well-intentioned mistake, and at worst nothing but a racket.
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