An opportunity to kill bad guys can blind presidents and their supporters to the costs and unintended consequences of their preemptive attacks.
We asked readers to weigh in on Chris Hayes' new book about how elites are failing America. Here's what some of them had to say.
Inspired by Vogue's Anna Wintour, Obama 2012 is selling pricey merchandise by high-end designers to help fund the campaign.
A provocative new book by blames the failure of elites for our woes. But solving the problems is harder than diagnosing them.
He's likely be remembered that way if re-elected, George Packer argues, but it's tough to see the evidence so far.
The radio host insists that cops, firefighters, and teachers belong to the private sector rather than the public -- simply because he values what they do.
The pursuit of favorable historical judgment skews politicians' goals away from small but meaningful improvements.
The Kentucky senator proposed legislation that would force police to follow the Constitution by getting a warrant before using unmanned aerial vehicles.
It's more common to lose liberty after trusting government with too much power than too little, but state-secrets sycophants behave as if blind trust is the safer course.
The idea that matrimony leads to children is cultural, not legal. Traditionalists would benefit if they recognized the distinction.
The president hasn't endangered national security -- and Congress is pursuing the wrong solution. America needs less classified info, not fewer leaks.
His embrace of the deficit reduction deal puts him at odds with almost all of the Republican primary candidates.
But the seductiveness of a leader using violence to slay the nation's enemies causes them to celebrate it anyway.
Here's a plan to preserve the ability of government workers to bargain collectively -- one that would prevent the excesses that are destroying some communities' fiscal health.
It's too early for a definitive answer, but few conservatives appreciate the opportunity costs of total combat.
Nine months after the rest of America, Bush's defense secretary decided that the U.S. should think about its relationship with the country.
The former defense secretary says he prefers Mitt Romney because the Republican has more executive experience. Did he miss the top line on Obama's resume?
The GOP won't critique his approaches. But absent a reckoning, America won't be able to weigh whether long-term costs are worth the short-term benefits.
Marvel at what's missing from his casual appraisal of President Obama's drone policy.
Besides, what really needs looking at now is his record as president -- not his youth.