There have been plenty of men -- from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush -- who were too stubborn to face facts, and sent more and more troops into a situation that called for fewer. We often confuse that bravado with leadership. It's not.
Liberal education probably couldn't survive without markets and states, but Yale's Richard Levin should be reminded that, in effect, in a liberal capitalist republic like ours, markets and states can't survive without liberal education.
The biggest obstacle to the strategy in Afghanistan wasn't American liberals' failure of nerve, as conservatives seldom pass up a chance to insist. The biggest obstacle was the delusion that Americans could do for Kabul and Kunduz what we refuse to do for New Orleans or Detroit.
There are no words to express my disgust at the video making the rounds today, of U.S. Marines apparently urinating on the dead bodies of the Taliban.
Osama bin Laden may be the man who crashed the world. With a great deal of help from not unpredictable actions on the part of his enemies.
We are in a race against growing ignorance and the forces that take advantage of it. Either we educate people to tolerate complexity or the forces of ignorance will overwhelm us.
The question we haven't answered since 9/11 is whether a society such as ours has the will and moral resources to defend itself as a wellspring of civic disciplines that sustain a politics of reasonable hope against a politics of fear and misdirected resentment.
Drew Westen's leaving race out of his critique of how Barack Obama is playing the game is like leaving computers out of Bill Gates' story, or leaving love out of Paris.
Violence in Afghanistan is at the highest levels observed in the 10-year conflict. The simple fact is that security for Afghans is worse now than it was before the Obama Administration's repeated escalations. Nothing General Petraeus can say will change this fact.
The professional successes racked up by those who produced the catastrophe of Iraq calls our attention to how evanescent memories of that historic exercise in deceit and failure are.
How tone-deaf do you have to be to appoint a man tainted by the cover-up of the friendly-fire death of Pat Tillman as head of an advisory panel helping service members' families?
TED's mission -- "leveraging the power of ideas to change the world" -- may have been impossible in the world of 2006. But in the new open connected world, it may just be happening.
Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings has something right out of bad fiction -- Caldwell actually hatched and deployed a plan to use psy-ops against U.S. senators and congressmen. Unbelievable, and illegal.
The Millennial Generation is ready to serve. But despite champions on both sides of the aisle in Congress, national service programs can't compete with powerful special interests groups.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the escalated military strategy in Afghanistan. It's clear from the last 12 months that the escalation strategy is a failure. It's time to come home.
Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing.