The Rules Matter…

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering – Bridge of Spies – works on several levels as his best films tend to. In fact, it may be one...

Deal or No Deal…

There was bipartisan understanding that when the Iranians indicated a readiness to talk the U.S. would lead the negotiations to test...

The Education of the Younger Brother

It’s difficult, no matter your personal politics, to not have some sympathy for Jeb Bush and his efforts to articulate a plausible...

Just Say No…

By all accounts Barack Obama has his work cut out for him convincing Congressional Republicans – and some Democrats – that his proposed...

The Water’s Edge…

“…the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for...

Mandela and Us

Still it’s fascinating to see the broad and deep bipartisan out pouring of respect for a man that the Reagan Administration contended in...

First Draft

Tom Wicker was a southern liberal, born and educated in North Carolina and passionate about civil rights and civil liberties. He also...

For the People

Put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960’s and return him safely to Earth – no problem. Create a Peace Corps and send idealistic...

Who Did It?

Anyone alive then – I was ten years old – holds their own searing memories of that fateful Friday in November and the awful days that...

Return to 1940

The modern Republican Party is edging toward the same kind of foreign policy split – the John McCain interventionists vs. the Rand Paul...

A Failure of Politics

From Harry Truman to George W. Bush American presidents have committed the United States military to wars based on every justification...

War and Congress

The FBI followed him, particularly after he criticized Roosevelt’s foreign policy prior to American entry into World War II. His...

The Water’s Edge

Vandenberg’s approach to foreign policy evolved over time, which is another way of saying he changed his mind. He went from a staunch...

The Veep

For sure Ryan brings youth, partisan excitement, strong conservative credentials and a certain policy wonk attractiveness to the GOP...

Obama the Warrior

One of the great strategies in politics is to take your opponent’s greatest strength and turn that advantage  into a liability. It’s not...

LBJ

The steady re-examination and reinterpretation of our 36th president is one of the most interesting developments in the shifting world of...

The Water’s Edge

First: Can Ron Paul, as I naively asked yesterday, win Idaho? Answer: Nope, not even close. If Paul couldn’t win in Alaska, North Dakota...

George Kennan

You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard the name George F. Kennan. If you’re under 50, didn’t fixate, as many of us did, on the daily...

Kennedy

The abbreviated presidency and unfinished life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is, 48 years after his murder in Dallas, one enduring subject...

JFK…What If

John Kennedy’s best biographer made a startling revelation recently that was both ominous and eerie and says a good deal about Kennedy’s...