December 28, 2011 RSS feed / Commentary

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Answering the big question on Iraq

With the withdrawal of the last U.S. More...

Answering the big question on Iraq

With the withdrawal of the last U.S. More...

Repressing democracy, with American arms

SITRA, Bahrain — When President Barack Obama decides soon whether to approve a $53 million arms sale to our close but despotic ally Bahrain, he must weigh the fact that America has a major naval base here and that Bahrain is a moderate, moderni More...

Unreal proposal

No one expects challengers in a U.S. presidential race to present realistic economic plans. Promise them anything, their campaign consultants advise. On that score, Republican Newt Gingrich’s tax reform plan exceeds expectations.  More...

Military Update

Not all favor Guard chief’s elevation to Joint Chiefs

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JSC chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his More...

War’s over, but not occupation

A recent edition of The Times Record included an editorial by the New Haven Register concerning the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. More...

We remember

Three Army soldiers died Dec. 3, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Killed were Sgt. 1st Class Clark A. Corley Jr., 35, of Oxnard, Calif., Spc. Ryan M. More...

Tackling entitlements poses an array of challenges

Trying to strike a balance between cutting government programs and finding money to pay for essential services can be dangerous.  It’s dangerous for the office holders, who have to decide what to cut and the taxes to pay for the rest. More...

‘What is the West afraid of?’

ISMAILIA, Egypt — When I reported on Twitter the other day that I was having dinner with members of the Muslim Brotherhood here in Egypt, followers tweeted back alarmed about my safety.  More...

A productive midlife crisis

The members of the Obama administration have many fine talents, but making adept historical analogies may not be among them.  When the administration came to office in the depths of the financial crisis, many of its leading figures concluded tha More...

Separation of Newt and state

WASHINGTON — Just when you thought Newt couldn’t get any more grandiose, he leaps in to save freedom of religion in the most religiously free place on earth.  More...

Separation of Newt and state

WASHINGTON — Just when you thought Newt couldn’t get any more grandiose, he leaps in to save freedom of religion in the most religiously free place on earth.  More...

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Driven to distraction

We can all agree, hopefully, that texting while driving is stupid, irresponsible and dangerous. Further, most sensible people support Connecticut’s ban on the use of handheld cellphones while driving. More...

Will China break?

Consider the following picture: Recent growth has relied on a huge construction boom fueled by surging real estate prices, and exhibiting all the classic signs of a bubble. More...

Our friends behaving badly

MANAMA, Bahrain — Nothing like getting pulled into a police car to glimpse, through a haze of tear gas, hints of a police state.  More...

Pay It Forward: The infallible case for the skate park

We do it every day. They are frequently not easy choices, but we do these things because they are the right thing to do.  Through our actions, we pay our debt to the community that supports and includes us. More...

Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir

I have a simple motto when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: I love both Israelis and Palestinians, but God save me from some of their U.S. friends — those who want to love them to death, literally.  More...

Depression and democracy

It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. More...