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Down the Afghan opium rathole

If you spent 13 years pounding money down a rathole with little to show for it, you might wake up one morning and say, “Hey, I’m going to stop pounding money down this rathole.” Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not think this way. The U.S. …

The politics of fear — and Ebola

Can you get the light out of my eyes? No. Can you loosen the handcuffs? No. Why am I here? You coughed. Coughing is a symptom of Ebola. We must protect the homeland. But you can’t lock up everybody who coughs. Why not? We have …

You never had it so good. Not.

I hardly know where to begin. Ebola continues to spread around the world; the Islamic State pushes closer to Baghdad; the Secret Service can’t prevent a guy with a knife from running into the White House; sea levels are rising; fighting continues in Ukraine; extreme …

Four things Hillary can do to win

Here are four dramatic things Hillary Clinton can do to win the presidency. Wait. Did I skip the fact that she has not yet announced for office? Yeah, I am skipping that. And am I skipping her battle for the Democratic nomination? Yeah, I am …

White House intruder tip of iceberg

He is a threat assessment expert who has worked with high U.S. government security agencies for many years. He is an expert on how the Secret Service operates to protect our top leaders. He is not a happy man. “There has been a leakage of …

Do ‘real men’ hit women?

It was the day I learned the difference between sympathy and empathy. The phone rang on my desk. It was a woman I had written about. Her husband had beaten her for years. She divorced him; she took him back; she remarried him. The beatings …

Snap out of it, Mr. President

I wish the president would go golfing again. Really. He skipped it Sunday, a beautiful day, because he wanted to show the nation that he now finally understands the bad “optics” of golfing while frightening matters embroil the nation. Actually, he has always understood optics. …

Time for a Romney revival?

Unlikely as it might seem, Mitt Romney actually put it best. “I have looked at what happens to anybody in this country who loses as the nominee of their party,” he says. “They become a loser for life.” This is from the documentary “Mitt,” which …

Hillary can’t be Obama’s third term

When Barack Obama was first elected president, he asked David Axelrod to leave Chicago and come to the White House with him. Axelrod would be a senior adviser, a powerful position where he could craft both policy and the president’s message. But Axelrod hesitated. Though …

Is Ferguson the new American normal?

Could it be that our long national nightmare is just beginning? Could it be that after decade upon decade of refusing to address the cost of racism in America, the bill has finally come due? The protests in Ferguson, Mo., the arrests, the shootings, the …

Hillary can’t seem to loosen up

Hillary Clinton walks through a paneled doorway and onto the set of “The Colbert Report.” A grin splits her face. Stephen Colbert is stunned. Shocked. Amazed. Right. Hillary steps up onto the low podium where Colbert is seated behind a desk. Her grin grows wider. …

An eye for eye leaves the world blind

Rafi Horowitz pulled the car to the side of the road, reached across me, opened the glove compartment and pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol in a well-worn leather holster. He clipped it to his belt. “We should stop,” he said, pointing with his chin …

Impeachment would boost Biden

Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced! Dear Dr. Politics: Is President Barack Obama going to be impeached? Answer: Only if the Republicans go totally nuts — which means it’s possible. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has said: “We see thuggery going on …

Let’s act like ‘indispensible’ nation

‘If you’re going through hell,” Winston Churchill once said, “keep going.” Last week felt like hell. A Malaysian passenger jet took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine by a missile likely supplied by Russia to separatist rebels. All 298 on board were …

Border kids a dilemma for Obama

No matter how much you love your children, if you were a parent in Honduras, you might be tempted to ship them to the United States. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world. …

Lessons of Vietnam get lost in Iraq

The lesson of Vietnam is that we refuse to learn any lessons from Vietnam. Even to dare mention the lesson of Vietnam is to risk painting oneself as weak-willed and lily-livered — to say nothing about being old enough to actually remember Vietnam. But I …

What fools these politicians can be

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. This saying is both so funny and so wise that a number of funny and wise men are given credit for it, including Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Alex …