US politics

Mr Obama, tear down these missile sites

17 September 2009 18:43

Today Barack Obama publicly tore down the missile installations that George W Bush put up in the Czech Republic and…

Bush didn’t understand Paulson’s bailout

15 September 2009 20:57

Those who think that the financial bailout in the US was rushed through without sufficient thought and that the Treasury…

8 years on

11 September 2009 10:56

Last night’s “tribute in light” for the victims of the World Trade Center attack on September 11th, 2001.

Obama and Cameron: who thought what about whom?

4 September 2009 12:33

Remember that New Statesman article about Obama calling Cameron a “lightweight”?  Well, the Journalist Closest to Obama, Richard Wolffe, has…

Reagan’s consummate circumlocution

3 September 2009 16:08

This tale from Ted Kennedy’s autobiography, to be posthumously published later this month, is classic Reagan and an illustration of…

Following a strike, would Iran close the Straits of Hormuz?

1 September 2009 17:59

In most discussions about what would happen following a strike on Iran it is taken as a given that the…

Libyagate: first denial, then silence now contradictions

29 August 2009 15:27

The Times has obtained confidential correspondence suggesting that, in 1999, Robin Cook assured Madeleine Albright that those found guilty of…

Dan Hannan and Enoch Powell: make your own mind up

27 August 2009 12:07

Here’s footage of Dan Hannan’s month-old US interview in which he cites Enoch Powell as an influence, and which has…

Senator Edward Kennedy, 1932 – 2009

26 August 2009 8:58

Teddy Kennedy has died aged 77 after a battle with brain cancer. Kennedy was a towering member of the senate for nearly…

The language of political debate

25 August 2009 15:11

A great spot by Tim Montgomerie over at ConservativeHome, who highlights this Wall Street Journal graphic on the words that…

The NHS isn’t free

13 August 2009 19:34

If we are going to have a sensible debate about the NHS in this country, we need to deal with…

A new world order – don’t be silly

12 August 2009 13:57

Go to any international think-tank conference and you will hear one complaint repeated ad nauseam: the intenational system, built after…

Aung Sang Suu Kyi, a victim of the post-American world

11 August 2009 14:00

Today the Burmese junta convicted pro-democracy campaigner Aung Sang Suu Kyi to a further 18 months under house arrest after…

The trials of being in a power couple

11 August 2009 12:32

It seems Hillary Clinton is smarting from her husband’s Korean coup. Exhibit A: her Q&A session with Congolese students yesterday,…

Another example of why the US needs more troops in Afghanistan

10 August 2009 19:18

The Wall Street Journal’s write up of its interview with the new US commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal, demonstrates why…

35 years ago today…

8 August 2009 18:03

…Richard Nixon announced his resignation as President of the United States.  Here’s complete footage of his televised address, one of…

Will the Obama administration deny requests for more troops in Afghanistan?

8 August 2009 11:45

Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, two of the people involved in devising the surge strategy in Iraq which so transformed the…

The West must prepare contingency plans to bomb Iran

7 August 2009 18:49

Chuck Wald, a retired US Air Force General who was the air commander for the US response to the 9/11…

Mehsud’s death is a massive blow to the Taliban 

7 August 2009 13:53

If Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed that is a major success which should help…

Damaging revelations make the CIA more risk averse

14 July 2009 11:53

The latest revelations about the CIA’s prospective covert assassination program is yet another nail in the coffin of US intelligence…

Who watches the watchmen?

13 July 2009 13:40

In the US, a storm is brewing over Dick Cheney’s alleged role in concealing an intelligence programme from Congress. Whatever…

Not a patch on our scandals

11 July 2009 10:17

Inspired, perhaps, by The Spectator’s list of the top 50  political scandals, Bloomberg has run a list of the ten best…

Is General Jones on his way out?

9 July 2009 16:38

With Obama’s administration gradually filling up, problems appear to be brewing at the centre. Though picking ex-General James Jones as…

The consequences of Johnson’s cowardice

8 July 2009 22:01

There was great excitement here in Old Queen Street when Lord Carlile, the Government’s own adviser on anti-terror law, announced…

Obama’s bear-hug

8 July 2009 10:21

Presidents Obama, and Medvedev (and Prime Minister Putin) seem to be having a good summit. Nuclear talks look like they…