Motorist on the open road

Are Libertarians Going Soft?

November 22, 2013

Jonathan Rauch, one of the keenest observers of American public life (and acontributing editor at The Atlantic), reminded a group of worried progressives recently that whenever extremist forces seem poised to take over the United States, moderate counterforces move in and save the day. He had no need to mention the key examples, because they are well-known: Ted Cruz ought to take note of what happened to Joe McCarthy, the John Birch Society, and, above all, the Moral Majority.

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It Takes a Village to Prevent a Crime

November 12, 2013

Riding an Amtrak train from Washington D.C. to New York City, Michael Hayden was giving interviews to reporters using his cell phone regarding national security related matters. In three different conversations, the former NSA head voiced numerous criticisms of the Obama administration, including the president’s use of a Blackberry, which he believed left the president vulnerable to foreign spying.

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A ‘Syrian’ Approach — to Iran

November 04, 2013

The P5+1 (i.e., the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) are about to respond to Iran’s hour-long presentation about how it plans to come clean about its nuclear program. The P5+1 should not respond by trying to modify the proposal Iran puts forward; rather, it should suggest that Iran follow the model just agreed to by Syria.