Steve Huntley is a commentary columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a member of its editorial board.
He served as editor of the editorial page …Read More
The New York Times’ list of 100 notable books of 2013 includes three about World War I. That same issue of Book Review magazine reviews two more books about the Great War, one an “illustrated panorama” of the first day of the Battle of the …Read More
STEVE HUNTLEY: You wonder how he could say it with a straight face, but President Barack Obama did: The bungled launch of the government’s program to micromanage the American health care system was the fault of, ahem, government inefficiency.
Once again, President Barack Obama turned his attention to the economy through the lens of income inequality. As real as this issue is, Obama has devoted more oratory to the economy than work, Obama-economics are a big part of the problem, and there’s little evidence …Read More
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STEVE HUNTLEY: This year brought commemorations of two momentous events — the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But passing almost without notice was the centennial of an act that reaches into nearly every American home: the imposition of the income tax.
Wishful thinking and audacious hope too often dominate thinking about the Mideast, and they remain remarkably oblivious to the reality of the region’s unforgiving politics and the ceaseless threat of Islamist radicalism. We see three examples today. The newest test of hope vs. reality is …
The ink was hardly dry on the agreement over Iran’s nuclear program when the two sides expressed disagreement over a fundamental issue. What does that tell us about how good this deal is? Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, said the interim agreement established Iran’s right to …
STEVE HUNTLEY: The governing philosophy of Democrats in the era of Barack Obama appears to be the ends justify the means.
STEVE HUNTLEY: A lot of nervous eyes will be on Geneva this week as Secretary of State John Kerry tries to negotiate an agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear-weapon ambitions. Those jitters reflect worries that the Obama administration might accept a bad deal far short of what’s needed to keep the world’s worst weapons out of the hands of the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism.
STEVE HUNTLEY: An air of unreality has always shrouded Obamacare. And President Barack Obama only enhanced that flight from the real world Thursday when he told the insurance industry, well, never mind.
STEVE HUNTLEY: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, hammering home the point that he had won big — with 61 percent of the vote — in his re-election in a deep blue state. The message was clear: He has the strategy for the GOP to take the White House in 2016.
Before Osama bin Laden, there was Yasser Arafat. For years, Arafat was the most recognizable face of the murderous terrorism that has brought so much grief to the world. Arafat, who died in 2004, is back in the news because Swiss scientists examined his exhumed …
You can keep your insurance if you like it. Syria will be punished if it crosses a red line and uses chemical weapons against its people. The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killing four Americans was inspired by an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Ill-advised …
Obama’s words about satisfied Americans keeping their coverage blew up in his face when NBC News reported that administration officials knew that as many as two-thirds of those Americans would not be able to keep their insurance even if they liked it. The Washington Post’s fact checker called Obama’s assertion a whopper worthy of the most damning rating of four Pinocchios.
Now that Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party-inspired government shutdown aren’t distracting the nation’s attention, Americans are seeing the flaws of Obamacare and even the usually White House-friendly mainstream media are besieging the administration with tough questions about the spectacularly disastrous rollout of the …
STEVE HUNTLEY: The Syrian civil war just claimed another casualty: the United Nations. For the first time, a nation — Saudi Arabia — has rejected a seat on the U.N. Security Council, that august body charged with coping with global crisis.
With the government shutdown and threat of debt default behind us, lots of voices are calling on President Barack Obama and Congress, specifically the GOP-controlled House, to work together to get something done. The problem is that Americans are deeply divided on what they want …
STEVE HUNTLEY: The shutdown misery likely will recede from the public’s mind if a deal is reached before Thursday’s deadline for a possible government default. What might not fade will be bitterness between GOP moderates and the Tea Party faction.
The man President Barack Obama is pinning his hopes on for keeping the nuclear bomb out of the hands of Iran is best known for bragging about how he strung the West along with happy talk as a way for Tehran to advance its atomic …
BY STEVE HUNTLEY: Much ado is being made about the charm offensive of the new president of Iran, especially at the United Nations this week. More significant is the growing evidence of the failure of the five-year charm offensive of President Barack Obama on the international stage where he had been widely expected to excel.