Obama

Stray Thoughts on the Execution of Osama bin Laden

4 May 2011 16:13

Just as it’s difficult for death penalty opponents to be too upset by the verdicts of the Nuremberg tribunal, so…

Why Bin Laden’s death matters

2 May 2011 19:52

The more we hear about the operation that killed Bin Laden, the more impressive it becomes. US Navy Seals held…

Obama Feeds the Birthers

27 April 2011 16:06

What’s this? Oh, look, it’s President Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate and you can see it in all its fraudulent glory…

Petraeus to CIA; Panetta to the Pentagon

27 April 2011 13:55

Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defense, is stepping down and will be replaced, it is reported today, by Leon…

Obama’s Love of Cake

26 April 2011 22:02

Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker article on the development of Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy is, as always, full of…

America’s Crazy War on Poker

16 April 2011 2:26

Though it’s not as calamitous as the War on Drugs, Washington’s War on Poker* is even dumber than that long-running…

Going to the Ball Does Not Guarantee A Right to Dance

11 April 2011 22:47

So Washington will just have to make do with government-as-normal after all. Oh well. The White House appears to have…

Obama’s Guantanamo Failure

5 April 2011 3:02

The decision, announced yesterday, that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will not stand trial in New York or any other corner of…

The Death of Process

1 April 2011 18:15

From the beginning the Obama campaign and administration has made a point, even a fetish, of process. Judgement matters and…

Clinton’s Contempt for Congress: We’ll send you a press release…

31 March 2011 16:32

I rather suspect there’d have been a mighty uproar if Dick Cheney had told Congress he’d send members a few…

The Audacity of Hypocrisy: Obama’s Lovely Little Libyan Adventure

31 March 2011 2:08

Hypocrisy is a necessary condition of leadership in a large, modern democracy. Not just there either, now that I think…

A Half-Cocked Operation in Pursuit of Half-Formed Goals. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

25 March 2011 14:29

So NATO will now “lead” the Libyan intervention. That makes everything fine and dandy, right? Well, no. There’s no need…

Good News for Obama

22 March 2011 23:59

Not from Libya, obviously, since the situation there plainly has the potential to damage the American President but from a…

War Aims Matter, So What are We Trying to Achieve in Libya?

20 March 2011 19:09

I know it’s tedious to bang on and on about this but it does seem quite important that we have…

Regime Change is the Issue in Libya. Why Doesn’t Obama Understand That?

19 March 2011 0:52

Further to this item noting the differences between what David Cameron and Barack Obama are saying, a White House spokesman…

Cameron vs Obama. They can’t both be right about Regime Change.

18 March 2011 19:20

This afternoon in Washington, Barack Obama was at pains to stress the limited nature of the planned action against Colonel…

Hillary Clinton is Not On Maneuvers

18 March 2011 15:21

Freddy Gray is right: Hillary Clinton is more hawkish, and always has been so, than her boss Barack Obama. This…

The Limits of British Influence

16 March 2011 13:39

To be fair to Gary Gibbon, he’s not the only member of the lobby to have lost the plot when…

A Realist Straw in the Republican Wind?

16 March 2011 12:54

With all the attention on Libya and the rest of the middle east at present, it’s easy to forget (again)…

UN Security Council Resolution proposing a no fly zone over Libya is tabled

15 March 2011 23:47

Britain, France and Lebanon’s decision to table a UN Security Council resolution proposing a no fly zone and a bar…