July 3, 2012 |
For most of the past decade, baseball fans averted their eyes from Washington in July. Even the team's natural fan base sometimes found it difficult to pay attention to a losing team and its half-empty ballpark. Wilson High assistant baseball coach Shellie Bowers Jr. couldn't interest his players in free tickets. Jordan Mercer, a high school freshman from Luray, Va., didn't bother staying up for the team's late-night West Coast trips. David Sheinfeld, a 25-year-old from Rockville, would watch ESPN for...
April 8, 2011 |
The change sweeping the Arab world has brought to the forefront a controversy dating to the early days of our Republic. Should American military might be used for idealistic reasons or as an expression of a vital national interest? Or both? Having served four U.S. presidents during a variety of international crises, we view the choice between "idealism" and "realism" as a false one. Just as ideals must be applied in concrete circumstances, realism requires context for our nation's values to be meaningful.
June 1, 2012 |
The Arab Spring is generally discussed in terms of the prospects for democracy. Equally significant is the increasing appeal — most recently in Syria — of outside intervention to bring about regime change, overturning prevalent notions of international order. The modern concept of world order arose in 1648 from the Treaty of Westphalia , which ended the Thirty Years' War. In that conflict, competing dynasties sent armies across political borders to impose their...
June 12, 2012 |
A stunning report in the New York Times depicted President Obama poring over the equivalent of terrorist baseball cards, deciding who on a "kill list" would be targeted for elimination by drone attack. The revelations — as well as those in Daniel Klaidman 's recent book — sparked public outrage and calls for congressional inquiry. Yet bizarrely, the fury is targeted at the messengers, not the message. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed dismay that presidential aides were...
August 18, 2012
Regarding the Obama administration's position urging the Supreme Court to continue allowing universities "to take race into account" in admissions [ "Justices to hear affirmative- action admissions case," news story, Aug. 14]: The high court should not be misled by euphemism and obfuscation. Promoting "diversity" by "taking race into account," even as only "one factor in a holistic review" of each application, has the purpose and effect of admitting some students and rejecting others...
March 30, 2012 |
Not the least significant aspect of the Arab Spring is the redefinition of heretofore prevalent principles of foreign policy. As the United States is withdrawing from military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan undertaken on the basis (however disputed) of American national security, it is reengaging in several other states in the region (albeit uncertainly) in the name of humanitarian intervention. Will democratic reconstruction replace national interest as the lodestar of Middle East policy?