Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn in The New York Times on blacklisting terrorists When the U.S. declared the Haqqani network a terrorist group, the U.S. limited America's future political options. "The view that they are an irreconcilable, rigidly ideological enemy should be questioned." Haqqani leaders have a history of pragmatism, they write. "Only a political process that engages them, rather than systematically sidelining them, will help end the war."
Harold Meyerson in The Washington Post on the power plays in Chicago Chicago's teacher strike is a power play between big Democratic powers: Rahm Emanuel and the teacher unions. Rahm wants less union control on schools and adopted a "take-no-prisoner" approach. The disrespect led teachers to vote in militant leaders. "If Democrats are bent on committing suicide, the Emanuel mode of union-busting looks like a fine place to start."
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on Romney, the unspeakable name Republican congressional leaders like John Boehner did not speak Mitt Romney's name during press conferences this week, even when asked, "as though he is some sort of political Voldemort." It confirms the impression that Romney is just a placeholder for conservative rising stars like Paul Ryan.