44: The Obama Presidency

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stopping terror attacks from the ground up

IT TURNS OUT that the heroic reaction of New York City vendors who helped to thwart the Times Square bombing this year is fairly typical of Americans' reaction to potential terrorism - and that the involvement of ordinary citizens is essential to keeping the country safe. Between 1999 and 2009, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

THERE IS A certain sameness to presidential rhetoric in the aftermath of an electoral thumping - or, as President Obama put it, "shellacking." The president acknowledges the voters' verdict, accepts his (unspecified) share of the responsibility, vows to put aside partisan differences to find... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Time for redistricting reform

THE BATTLE for Congress is in the spotlight, but both parties are also spending millions of dollars on state legislative races and gubernatorial campaigns. The reason is simple: the redistricting that will follow the 2010 Census. The party that controls those state positions will determine the shape... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wikileaks's leaks mostly confirm earlier Iraq reporting

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER Julian Assange claimed at a news conference over the weekend that the release by his organization of 391,000 classified documents on the war in Iraq was intended to "correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued after... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Deal with the Taliban

THE FACT THAT senior Taliban leaders have "sought to reach out" to the Afghan government, as U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus recently reported, is encouraging news. It suggests that U.S. military operations against the insurgents are having more of an impact than the generally gloomy Western reporting... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Funeral protesters have a free-speech right

ON WEDNESDAY, the Supreme Court will hear a case brought by Albert Snyder, the father of a young Marine killed in Iraq in 2006, whose funeral was picketed in a despicable display of insensitivity by members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Members of this church say they believe that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Obama's battle over the war

SUPPORTERS OF President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan can only be disheartened by the portrait of his administration provided in Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars." By Mr. Woodward's account, many of the president's senior White House advisers believe that the modified counterinsurgency... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Obama and China

IN ITS FIRST year, the Obama administration went out of its way to cater to China's communist leadership. It publicly put human rights concerns on a back burner, delayed a presidential meeting with the Dalai Lama and did not press Beijing hard about its currency manipulation. Now it appears that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti

THE MASSIVE international response to Haiti's earthquake has brought more than $2 billion in aid to the stricken Caribbean nation, by the United Nations' reckoning. That's a stunning figure, but it comes with a giant asterisk: So far, the vast majority of the aid, more than 85 percent, has been... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Test for Iran

THE OBAMA administration has chosen to support international negotiations with Iran next month in spite of Tehran's declarations that it will not discuss its nuclear program. The White House says the United States and its five partners will insist on raising the U.N. Security Council's demand for a... Sign in to see full entry.

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