It has been a big week on the foreign policy front, with the death of Libya's dictator and President Obama's announcement today that all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of this year.
Sen. John McCain has exhibited personal courage, but his geopolitical judgment is uniformly awful. Over the last 30 years there has been no war or potential war that he has opposed.
The idea of shared sacrifice as a public value is fine. However, why should many Americans, who have become accustomed to shouldering most of the sacrifice, get excited about taking on additional burdens?
Over the last two days, a group of businesses, non-profits, and public officials came together in Chicago at the Clinton Global Initiative to find ways putting Americans back to work in a way that contributes to everyone's bottom line.
Beyond the immediate implications of tactical policy, conservatives are grappling with a much larger choice of ideology. The right is entering into, whether they realize it or not, a referendum on the definition of American Exceptionalism.
In a time of budgetary crisis, an Infrastructure Bank can finance an infrastructure platform for surge manufacturing.
President Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by next summer will bring an end to his surge strategy, but it is unlikely to mollify a growing war weariness among the American electorate.
Zakaria begins to make the case for Republican and Tea Party support. Let's flesh it out a bit.
[Deep inside a large white house, there is counseling...] "Do I have to lie down?" "Not at all, Mr. President! Not at all! Whatever is comfortable for you."
By most accounts, our representatives in Washington will find a way of raising the debt ceiling to avert financial crisis. However, our deficit is not going away anytime soon.
Today, we would rather bicker amongst ourselves than find ways of working together as a team to open up the economy, and rapidly grow our pie. As a result, we find ourselves embracing a no-jobs in our back yard philosophy.
Everyone has a language peeve. Mine is "literally," a great word with no close synonym. When used as a mere intensifier or to mean simply "It felt as though..." it has almost no kick at all.
We know, don't we, that it wouldn't take more than minutes for the photos to move to t-shirts, to poster art, to mouse pads, to coffee mugs. The president thinks we're better than that. Take it as a compliment.
The Social Security Solvency and Sustainability Act slashes benefits drastically but continues to require workers to pay the same level of contributions specified under current law.
To be sure, Republicans have always been against the concept of Medicare. But hypocrisy entered into the discourse last year, when they attempted to position themselves as the ones who were going to "save Medicare."
"Will foreign policy matter in the 2012 presidential race? It could be the issue in 2012," emphasized Senator Lindsey Graham at a speech at our Cente...