A world without America

” You’ve been given a great gift, George. A chance to see what the world would be like without you.” So said George Bailey’s guardian angel, Clarence, in the 1946 classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Bailey, contemplating suicide, wishes he’d . . . Continue reading →

The UN resolution on Syria: Moscow Rules

The Syrian train-wreck has moved into its United Nations phase, where it will stay. The Security Council has now officially demanded that Syria account for, and eliminate, its chemical weapons. Who cares?

Letting go of intervention in Syria

Last week, I wrote a piece on the reasons to intervene in Syria. I did what critics of an intervention asked, and provided two goals for U.S. action and a way forward. Since then, I have changed my mind: the time has . . . Continue reading →

The Syria Excuses: It’s none of our business…right?

So now it’s come to this. Despite a high probability that chemical weapons have been used in Syria — by somebody — a death toll approaching 100,000 people, Israeli air strikes against weapons almost certainly sent from Iran, and the increasingly hysterical . . . Continue reading →