Obama

Gaddafi’s coming victory is a huge strategic setback for the West

15 March 2011 19:06

It now seems almost certain that Colonel Gaddafi will now not only survive in Libya but reassert control over the…

Fired for Telling the Truth, That’s the Washington Way

13 March 2011 18:31

Of course PJ Crowley, the State Department spokesman, had to go for his gaffe. That’s what happens when you tell…

Did Obama Ask Peter King to be his Ambassador to Ireland?

8 March 2011 0:55

Peter King, America’s worst Congressman, is back in the news and just as loathsome as ever. No surprise there. This,…

Mau-Mauing Obama and Nodding to the Birthers

1 March 2011 23:26

As the candidate most likely to aver that the stars really are “God’s daisy chain” Mike Huckabee is already the…

America is Talking to the Taliban

19 February 2011 3:16

This is likely to shake things up. Steve Coll, who tends to be pretty impeccably sourced, reports in the New…

Unions vs Government: Wisconsin Edition

19 February 2011 0:53

Something is happening in Wisconsin*. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that before. Nevertheless, there are aspects of the show…

Obama’s budget proposes cuts

14 February 2011 18:47

President Obama’s new budget proposal is an interesting moment as Obama is now admitting that the time for fiscal stimulus…

It is time for the West to get on the right side of history in Egypt

12 February 2011 14:31

The fall of the Mubarak regime marks the end of an inglorious chapter in the history of the West. The…

Which way will Egypt turn?

12 February 2011 9:00

The world is full of jubilation this morning, and I wish I could join in. Perhaps we are indeed witnessing…

Obama to Mubarak: Your Time Is Up

11 February 2011 1:24

The Americans have made their move and it’s not good news for Hosni Mubarak’s friends and defenders. This is the…

Days of Hope, Not Rage, in Egypt.

30 January 2011 17:10

Fraser asks where or who is the Egyptian Lech Walesa? Well the answer, somewhat improbably, seems to be Mohamed ElBaradei*.…

An Unusually Unimportant State of the Union Address

25 January 2011 18:49

Last year I suggested that the State of the Union speech was an unexpectedly important moment for Barack Obama. Except…

Government Efficiency vs Cost of Government? Why not try both!

25 January 2011 17:32

Hey ho, it’s the State of the Union speech tonight and as usual there’s no shortage of advice for President…

Annual State of the Haggis Update

24 January 2011 23:34

By happy coincidence Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address on Burns night this year. As usual…

Department of Pots and Kettles: Dick Cheney Edition

18 January 2011 23:23

Jesus would weep: Former Vice President Dick Cheney . . .  said President Obama is likely to be a one-term president because…

How Iran’s nuclear programme was delayed

16 January 2011 18:52

Iran’s nuclear programme is the most likely source of a major global conflict. So it is highly significant that the…

Obama in Tucson

13 January 2011 5:07

Thanks to at least a dozen interruptions the whole address lasts 34 minutes but if you don’t want to watch…

Showdown at the Blame Game Corral

10 January 2011 13:07

Alastair Campbell, of all people, shows how the ghastly Tucson shootings are to be exploited for political purposes: What the…

When Bubba Came Back

10 December 2010 23:18

Can you imagine Gordon Brown holding a meeting with Tony Blair in Downing Street, then agreeing to share a the…

Where’s Barack?

8 November 2010 3:11

Mike Allen brings us this endearing snippet from George W Bush’s new book: “As an Obama win looked increasingly likely,…