Category Archives: Political Opinion

Will Bob Corker Save the GOP?

“Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying,” President Reagan once told me. Today, it is “Bibi” Netanyahu and the neocons howling “kill the deal” and “bomb Iran” who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff. The question, which may decide 2016, may be framed…

America’s Decay Is Speeding Up

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is…

Diversity — or Meritocracy?

A voracious and eclectic reader, President Nixon instructed me to send him every few weeks 10 articles he would not normally see that were on interesting or important issues. In 1971, I sent him an essay from The Atlantic, with reviews by Time and Newsweek, by Dr. Richard Herrnstein. My summary read: “Basically, (Herrnstein) demonstrates…

People of Faith, Taking it on the Chin

Some religious Americans are reeling this week. Woozy. Struggling to get up off the canvas after taking a left hook that would have made Joe Frazier proud. They are being branded as "intolerant bigots" by some of the least tolerant people this side of the Middle East. This brawl began when the Indiana legislature passed…

5 Taliban Commanders for 1 American Charged with Desertion

Bergdahl

Last year, without consulting Congress, President Obama made a controversial deal. He traded one American soldier held by the Taliban for five Taliban commanders who had been held at Guantanamo. The swap was controversial not only because the President of the United States had just concluded a secret deal with terrorists, but also because the…