An anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy (Photo: Atta Kenare/Getty)

The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be few greater demonstrations of this than our country’s lack of… Continue reading

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

Amazon's Jeff Bezos To Buy The Washington Post For 250 Million

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has been sold to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. For $250m. That, apparently,… Continue reading

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The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it first sat has persuaded me I was wrong to think… Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that won’t hunt. It is true that recent opinion polls have… Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez: A Clown Masquerading As A Threat

6 March 2013 14:05

As would-be dictators go, Hugo Chavez was on the clownish end of the repressive spectrum. By the end, however, the joke was wearing thin. He was, as Rory Carroll aptly… Continue reading

Launch Of The Royal Navy's Newest Super Submarine

Europe's defence budgets may not be noble, but they are at least rational

19 February 2013 22:34

Gideon Rachmann is unhappy that european defence budgets are still falling: Since 2008, in response to the economic downturn, most big European countries have cut defence spending by 10-15 per… Continue reading

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Lessons from Ronnie and Maggie

18 February 2013 21:51

Ramesh Ponnuru has written a splendid op-ed for today’s New York Times. Splendid, not because it is new or especially original, but because, alas, it’s central message needs repeating until,… Continue reading

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

No, Barack Obama has not declared an end to the War on Terror - Spectator Blogs

13 February 2013 17:18

I see that Con Coughlin is at it again. Apparently, you see, Barack Obama has “taken leave of reality”. How so? By declaring that al-Qaeda is but “a shadow of its former… Continue reading

Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second Term

Barack Obama's inauguration speech makes the case for Bigger Government - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 18:03

I never quite know what to think about the whole Presidential inauguration thing. One the one hand there is always something stirring about being reminded of the sheer scale of… Continue reading

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EU Shocker: The United States agrees with the British Government! - Spectator Blogs

10 January 2013 12:51

Good grief. Are we supposed to be surprised that senior officials at the US State Department take the view that Britain should, all things considered, remain a member of the… Continue reading

Senators Speak To Media After Vote On Stopgap Spending Bill

Rand Paul: Leader of the US Senate's Tiny Awkward Squad - Spectator Blogs

16 November 2012 15:52

Speaking of politicians worthy of your support, here’s Senator Rand Paul doing his thing: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is holding up a vote on the Defense Authorization Act until he… Continue reading

Obama Admin. Unveils New Policy Easing Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Amidst Obama's Triumph, America Enjoys A Libertarian Moment - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 16:57

Amidst last night’s Democratic triumph and the confirmation that Obama is, in many respects, Ronald Reagan’s heir let’s not forget that this election was also a triumph for libertarians and… Continue reading

Mitt Romney's 'gaffe' is the latest example of how distant the Washington parties are from the heartlands of the American working class. Image: Getty.

God, guns,welfare: conspiracy theories about working class Americans

18 September 2012 10:44

Mitt Romney has been caught saying what he really thinks – or in modern journalistic jargon has committed a ‘gaffe’. Serious American commentators believe that his election challenge is all… Continue reading


Obama’s Polish Blunder

31 May 2012 12:01

In Washington, as Andrew Sullivan reminds us, a gaffe is when a politician inadvertently blurts out what they actually believe. It is always occasion for equal measures of embarrassment and… Continue reading


Washington’s Favourite Unimportant Parlour Game: The Veepstakes

2 May 2012 14:19

The American presidential campaign is in one of its few fallow periods just now. Which means it is time for a favourite quadrennial pastime: the Veepstakes! Who will Mitt Romney… Continue reading

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The Years of Robert Caro

16 April 2012 18:32

For political types there’s little doubt about the publishing event of the year: the fourth volume of Robert Caro’s mammoth biography of Lyndon Johnson. The New York Times published a… Continue reading

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War Games: Syria & Iran Edition

15 March 2012 16:06

The past is always a different, better place and never more so than when commentators dip into American history to salvage some justification for their favoured approach to any contemporary… Continue reading


Iran Hawks Circling

23 February 2012 13:39

At National Review, Mario Loyola offers a pretty succinct summary of the conservative (that is, American conservative) case for attacking Iran: [I]n an editorial, the Wall Street Journal makes the same… Continue reading


Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a hand grenade at one aspect of American Exceptionalism:   I… Continue reading


Does Iran Actually Want the Bomb?

8 February 2012 13:48

The obvious answer to this is, Yes of course it does. Were I advising the Iranian regime I’d probably be pretty keen on developing a nuclear capability too. At the… Continue reading


Sir Simon Jenkins Is Peddling Weapons-Grade Tripe. Again.

3 February 2012 12:38

Via Norm, I see that Sir Simon Jenkins is up to his old tricks, publishing yet another meretricious column on the Afghan war which, all too conveniently, manages to ignore… Continue reading


The Difficult Matter of Praising George W Bush

5 December 2011 22:44

Will Inboden is frustrated that Barack Obama so rarely has anything nice to say about President George W Bush even when his administration has benefitted from US policies Obama inherited… Continue reading

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In Defence of Lobbyists

24 November 2011 15:47

Amol Rajan – author of the splendid Twirlymen – has an entertaining rant against lobbyists in the Independent today. Entertaining, of course, is code for less than mightily persuasive. Lobbying,… Continue reading


The coming world oil order

30 October 2011 19:57

Following on from Daniel’s post this morning about a more inward looking America, Daniel Yergin has a very interesting essay in the Washington Post about how the changing balance of… Continue reading