The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.
Several years ago, the International Court of Justice directed the United States to take another look at the convictions and death sentences of dozens of foreigners, including Edgar Tamayo, in light of American authorities' violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The governor of Texas, however, was unimpressed.
Wake up, Aristotle, logic is over! Now we have GOP Logic, and it explains everything. Just learn these nine new laws, and all will become clear.
Chris Christie would never make it as a pol in Texas. He leaves too many fingerprints. Victims are not supposed to know who stuck the knife in them. T...
Oh yay, we are growing. Everybody is excited. Texas supposedly gets upwards of 1,300 to 1,500 new people a day and Austin reportedly acquires 150 of those. There are a million reasons this growth nonsense scares me for Texas.
"Wars are a lot easier to get into than out of," Gates writes. Indeed! And the way to make wars much harder to get into is the requirement of an airtight premise, one worth dying for, one justifying the condolences to a dead soldier's family.
Republicans, don't despair. There's also good news! You may have lost Chris Christie, but that doesn't mean the GOP has run out of "big ideas." Have you met Ben Sasse?
The unforgivable sin of the Post's pro-war blather about our vital interests -- democratic values be damned -- is the utter dismissal of the harm we inflicted on Fallujah, Ramadi and all of Iraq in pursuit of them, and the smug acknowledgement only of American loss and "sacrifice."
I like Robert Gates. He's a professional, a grown-up. He's a thoughtful, reasonable Republican at a time when such are overshadowed by something very different. I agree with him on many things. But his "Mission Impossible" assignment to salvage Iraq and Afghanistan is blinding him.
Artis Henderson's book is easily the best memoir I read last year. It's one of those books you pick up and don't put down until you're done. And, believe me, you are done. Henderson underwrites every scene, and, because her writing is so clean and controlled, each sentence tightens her grip on your heart.
Obama started the month of December at rock bottom. There's just no other "polite" way to put it, folks.
I lament that Nader, once a hero to millions of Americans and a mentor to many activists, is now better-known for his political blunders.
You can imagine my surprise when I received a request from a certain notorious former President of the United States asking for my financial support in his public policy center's efforts to address the "challenges facing our world."
Sometimes the forces in a country, be it corruption in the political classes or bad grammar in the national press, provoke a revolution. And sometimes, when it appears the revolution will exhaust itself before ever beginning, the computer servers in India for "getmeoutofhere.com" will crash.
Climate disruption, broadband access and crumbling bridges and roads have an odd thing in common: they have entered the never-never land of conservative denialism -- where they are simply not problems for which the right feels obliged to offer solutions.
When A&E suspended Phil Robertson, it chose profits over Phil Robertson. When A&E reinstated Phil Robertson, it chose profits over gay people. The network never cared about gay people, and it never cared about Phil Robertson.