Author Archives: Clint

Tea Party with Tom Tancredo

By the time the Tea Party convention began on Thursday, its credibility had already been hobbled by reports of tickets costing $549 and by criticism from other tea partiers who accused its organizers of engaging in “profiteering and exploitation of the grass-roots movement.” All that was before the first speaker even took the stage. Then […]

Massachusetts

In one sense, the defeat of the Democrats in Massachusetts has little impact on the strength of Barack Obama’s administration, whose party still easily controls the U.S. Senate, owning 59 of the 100 seats. But, in another, it’s a shocking vote of no confidence, delivered only one year after millions flooded D.C. to celebrate this […]

Torture: A Pillar of American Civilization

I side with Andrew Sullivan in his denunciation of torture, but I contest his attempt to define modern torture as a historical aberration, as if it weren’t common behavior for the United States until George W. Bush rode into Washington. Sullivan says modern torture advocates are “junking the entire history of Western jurisprudence and the […]

Legal black holes

Recent reports say the detention center at Guantanamo Bay will remain open for several more months, maybe into 2011. Despite the delay, President Barack Obama likely intends to close the prison. His administration is hyper aware of its own perception and does not want to maintain a facility that so vividly represents Washington’s abuse of […]

Limited funds, limited choices

Today’s New York Times chronicles the deliberations that led President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. On the theme of limited resources, the article describes how Obama was reluctant to commit to an expensive escalation because it would threaten funding for his policies at home. Mr. Obama was leery. He had received […]

Escalation: Rationale and Strategy

In Tuesday’s speech at West Point, President Barack Obama rededicated the U.S. to the occupation of Afghanistan, officially announcing the deployment of 30,000 more troops to the unstable nation. Since escalation had been the prevailing option for some time, the speech was less notable for the strategy it outlined than for the foreign policy doctrine […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]

People try to put us down

I’ve rarely been happier with my generation than after reading this article from The Wall Street Journal. The paper interviewed a cross-section of corporate America’s human resource experts, asking them for their impressions of the rising workforce. The interviewees expressed uniform concern that Generation Y feels an undeserved sense of entitlement. “These outspoken young people […]

The face of change

The access of evil

In the realm of reporting, a journalist distinguishes himself from his competitors through effective sourcing. Any staffer can reap information from press releases and meeting minutes. Rarer is the ability to establish strong and reliable lines of communication with high-value sources. As the journalist increases his level of access, he increases his worth to his […]