Hours after the Paris attack, the fiery rhetoric emitted in France was reckless. President Francoise Hollande promised a "pitiless" counter-offensive. Within a day, France launched massive airstrikes against the ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.
I wish we could be certain that our political leaders would always react to dramatic events only after thoroughly analyzing the situation to determine the most adequate and commensurate response.
Seventy years after the founding of the UN, armed conflict continues to plague the world. The UN Charter forbids the use of military force except in self-defense after an armed attack by another state or when approved by the Security Council. Yet the three most recent US presidents have violated that command.
The recent horrific attack by ISIS in Paris means that 2015 will end similarly to how it began, with the barbaric killings of Parisians at the hands of Jihadists terrorists. 2015 has been a very difficult year for Paris and for France in general; and the prospects for 2016 aren't looking so bright either.
Isis, notwithstanding President Barack Obama's singularly ill-timed claim of just a few days ago, is decidedly not contained after a year of American air strikes and stop-and-start ground action. Chaos is again in the saddle.
If we in the West must feel so guilty, let's feel guilty about the children we've killed in Muslim lands -- rather than about protecting ourselves from "Muslims" -- and others -- who would kill us in our own.
I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.
Let me establish for the record that I am a passionate, loyal, card-carrying Democrat. As such, you and I differ on virtually every political, economic and social issue imaginable. But ya know what? I desperately want you to win the Republican nomination.
Jon Meacham's new biography of George H.W. Bush is causing a frothy and indignant stir in the Bush inner circle. I had my own experience writing an insider's account of a Bush White House.
We have all come across the terms hard power and soft power as generic descriptions of various government policies and behaviors around the world. Hard Power is probably the one we are most familiar with, as it seems to manifest itself in news headlines most days.
Robert Legvold is a Marshall D Shulman Professor Emeritus at the Columbia University political science department. He is one of the world's leading experts on the foreign policy of post-Soviet states, and a book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine.
In reality, Rubio's the perfect Republican nominee, because, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the GOP never lets the truth stand in the way of a good story.
It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.
Ben Carson has always felt fake to me. While people have praised his warmth and talked admiringly about how soft-spoken he is, I've watched his eyes. They've felt cold to me, reminding me of people like George Bush.
The road to character, David Brooks is telling us, is away from self to other, then back to self --a new self, whole, reformed, dedicated. "No person," he writes in his concluding chapter, "can achieve self-mastery on his or her own. . . . Everybody needs redemptive assistance from outside."
"He didn't try to do a caricature or an impression," Dan Rather told me. "He just tried to capture some of the essence of the person." Rather was sharing his thoughts about Robert Redford's performance in the role of Dan Rather in the movie Truth.