THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
SANAA, YEMEN — If you want to know how bad things can go in Syria, study Iraq. If you want to know how much better things could have gone, study Yemen. Say what? Yemen?
Mistakes were made.
“You’re not gonna put my name in there, are you?”
In some cases, the fog of war is initially thick, then dissipates. Following the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the facts were initially clear. The fog was a later addition.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
It should’ve been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn’t hear it.
Like so many of you, I never got to meet all four of my grandparents. But Alexander Graham Bell has reminded me how the grandchildren of today can have a better idea of their grandparents, even if they have never met them in the flesh.
You know you’re in trouble when you can’t even get your walk-back story straight. Stung by the worldwide derision that met President Barack Obama’s fudging and fumbling of his chemical-weapons red line in Syria, the White House leaked to The New York Times that Obama’s initial statement had been unprepared, unscripted and therefore unserious.
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.
Enough with this “enough” business.
The Rev. Jim Wallis is a man of the left — perhaps the defining figure of the evangelical left. So it is not surprising that I should find some of the policy views expressed in his new book, “On God’s Side,” badly mistaken. But this does not prevent Wallis from being resoundingly right in his central premise: that American politics would be elevated by a renewed commitment to the common good.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.
The opponents of immigration reform have many small complaints, but they really have one core concern. It’s about control. America doesn’t control its borders. Past reform efforts have not established control. Current proposals wouldn’t establish effective control.
WASHINGTON – They lost me at the word “women.”
WASHINGTON – For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions:
It was morning, and the boys and I had just finished reading back-to-back Curious George stories when Delilah, our cat, came in.
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