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.
Modern conservatism comes in two distinct architectural styles. The first seeks to build from scratch, using accurate ideological levels and plumb lines, so every wall is straight and every corner squared. The goal of politics is to apply abstract principles in their purest form.
“How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggly tail?”
LEONARD PITTS JR.
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.
How bizarre it is that a prime instrument of a mother’s love for her children — one of her pots and pans — has become a creepy instrument of death.
Note to GOP re Benghazi: Stop calling it Watergate, Iran-contra, bigger than both, etc. First, it might well be, but we don’t know. History will judge. Second, overhyping will only diminish the importance of the scandal if it doesn’t meet presidency-breaking standards. Third, focusing on the political effects simply plays into the hands of Democrats desperately claiming that this is nothing but partisan politics.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
Well, this is a fine mess.
Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt — the benighted Mainstream Media.
RICHARD S. DAVIS
Economist Peter Fisher doesn’t think much of business climate studies. And he and the groups he works with hope you agree with them. If you do, they think it will make it much easier for them to convince legislators to raise taxes and expand regulation.
Suppose that the Environmental Protection Agency were to admit offhandedly that the fluoridation of water had only modest communist mind-control effects. Or the United Nations were to concede it has been running fleets of black helicopters over American cities, but only in the course of conducting extensive goodwill tours.
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.
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