On the fake moderation of a president who talks a good game but doesn't follow through
The New York Times on Vladamir Putin, Barack Obama, and the Syria debate.
Some kinds of foreign spying are more legitimate than others.
The government won't even let businesses disclose that it has made data requests. Here's a way around one of the intelligence community's most depraved practices.
It will only damage the commander in chief's ability to threaten wars of choice unilaterally -- and that's a good thing.
Yet journalists keep airing the idea that his presidency depends on it.
A vindication of public opinion
There's no shame in telling the world the truth: that our system intentionally constrains the executive branch.
President Obama, the Iraq hawks, and the inevitable dysfunction of any intervention they wage together
The secretary of state is dissembling in a most unconvincing manner.
The hawks' overwrought warnings are not credible.
They invoke World War II because it is popular, not because any of its lessons are applicable.
The messages they want to send aren't anything a foreign government would plausibly believe.
Hawkish assumptions embedded in newspaper coverage -- and one article that shined above the rest.
The unfortunate personalization of British politics
The American people's lack of engagement on Syria is cited in Washington to help legitimize war. But it does the opposite.
The latest staggering example: treating John Yoo as an authority on the president's authority to intervene in Syria.
He took that position after years as a U.S. senator, and taught it during lectures on the separation of powers.
Ideologically diverse critics warn that unilateral intervention would be risky, unpopular, and a transgression against domestic and international law.
Some hawks want America to strike, no matter how bad an idea it seems to be.