Posts by James Joyner

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

A Contrarian View of ‘Solo’

It may be my favorite Star Wars film since ‘Empire Strikes Back.’

Defense Department Taking Over Security Clearance Process

A long-overdue overhaul of the way the United States vets those who access classified information is underway.

North Korea Rich Enough for Nukes, Too Poor to Pay for Hotels

Among the stumbling blocks to a DPRK nuclear summit: who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel room?

The Media’s Pro-Trump Bias?!

The rules of American journalism haven’t caught up with the reality of this Presidency.

Immigration Outrages Preceded but Exacerbated by Trump

An inordinate amount of cruelty is being perpetrated in the name of border security. It’s only partly the fault of the current President.

US-China Tensions Escalating

Clashes between the US and Chinese navies in the South China Sea have intensified.

Trump Seeks to Make Firing Civil Servants Easier and Weaken their Unions

Three Executive Orders signed ahead of the Memorial Day holiday has government employees scrambling.

Fallout from EU’s GDPR Continues

American companies are struggling to comply with the EU’s new privacy regulation, with many outlets choosing to simply block access abroad.

Cultural Vandalism?

Does learning that entertainers are bad people retroactively ruin their art?

Trump Not Simply Violating ‘Norms’

An important message from Josh Marshall.

Parents Successfully Sue to Make 30-Year-Old Son Leave Their House

We all have to grow up sometime.

Germany Social Media Hate Speech Ban Having Global Impact

The Internet is a global platform. Should every country’s laws apply to everyone using it?

Border Patrol Detains Two Americans for Speaking Spanish

When “reasonable suspicion” and free speech collide.

The Demise of Time Inc.

For decades, it was the preeminent brand in American journalism. Now its pieces are being sold at bargain rates.

More Americans Killed in School Shootings Than Military Service This Year

In the wake of yesterday’s killing of eight in a Texas high school, WaPo’s Philip Bump provides a chilling statistic.

Tom Wolfe Dead at 88

The inventor of New Journalism has died of unknown causes.

Two-Thirds of Americans Live in ‘Constitution-Free’ Zone

Enforcing our immigration and drug laws comes at the cost of fundamental rights.

Israel Kills Dozens of Palestinian Protestors as US Unveils Jerusalem Embassy

The Leader of the Free World is, sadly, enabling atrocities.

George W. Bush’s Rehabilitation

61 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of a man who left office a failed president.

Democrats Annoy Base Running Candidates Who Can Win

The DNC is backing centrist candidates in a bid to win traditionally Republican districts. Party activists are not happy about it.

WordPress Commenting Bug: Name Field Edition

If you have a non-alphanumeric character in your name, your comment goes into moderation.

Alan Dershowitz Hasn’t Changed

While longtime supporters have turned on the legendary attorney over his support of Donald Trump, he’s been astonishingly consistent.

Bolton Dismantles White House Global Health Security Team

The National Security Advisor has broken up the team that manages global epidemics for no apparent reason.

McInerney: Torture ‘Worked’ on John McCain

Another data point demonstrating that a distinguished military career doesn’t preclude being an awful human being or a crackpot.

Mormons Sever Ties with Boy Scouts

The church sponsors 20 percent of the youth organization’s membership.

NY AG Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Sexual Assault Claims

The prosecutor who came to national prominence jumping on the #MeToo bandwagon has now been run over by it.

Trump Team Conducted Dirty Ops Against Iran Deal Officials

They hired Israeli Private Investigators to dig up dirt on former Obama officials, including Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl.

Connecticut Joins National Popular Vote Initiative

Eleven states plus DC, who have 172 of the 270 electoral votes needed to elect a President, are now part of the compact.

Trump’s Dishonesty Baked into People’s Assessments

To paraphrase the late Dennis Green, he is who we thought he was. 

‘Boy Scouts’ Changing Name to ‘Scouts’

Now that girls are joining the Boy Scouts, the organization has quite reasonably changed its name accordingly.

Mike Pompeo and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The new Secretary of State is an improvement over the worst Secretary of State in history.

Achieving Workplace Diversity

It takes a whole lot of work to net small gains for underrepresented groups.

Left and Right in the Age of Trump

Is everyone critical of President Trump by definition on the Left?

The Fine Line Between Nationalism and Racism

Andrew Sullivan wonders, “Will there always be an England?”

Fixing Schools Requires Changing the Social Contract

Solving the problems created by neighborhood-based schools isn’t going to be easy.

This Is Your Government on Drugs

Ronny Jackson did not invent the practice of giving Ambien and Provigil to high-level government workers.

RedState Purges Trump Critics

There has been a massive layoff at the Republican website. Everyone who criticized the President is gone.

America’s Going Out of the Car Business

Ford, GM, and Chrysler are all moving almost exclusively to trucks, SUVs, and crossovers.

The Trump Reality Show

The Donald Trump presidency has some eerie parallels with his run on “The Apprentice.”

Rice Commission Issues NCAA Reform Recommendations

The Commission on College Basketball recommended an end to the one-and-done rule and other major reforms.

Former President George H. W. Bush in Intensive Care

A day after burying his wife of 73 years, the 41st President was hospitalized for an infection that had spread to his blood.

VA Nominee Ronny Jackson Under Fire for Workplace Misconduct

The White House physician is accused of excessive drinking on the job and improperly dispensing medication among other offenses.

OTB Goes Secure

Overnight, we moved to content encryption. Here’s what that means for you.

Mike Pompeo Didn’t Serve in Gulf War (or Claim Otherwise)

In response to inquiries about frequent media mentions of the Director’s wartime service, the CIA has confirmed he did not serve in combat.

Hillary Clinton: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

A longtime “Hillary Beat” reporter ruminates on what she and her candidate could have done differently in 2016.

Alabama Executes Walter Leroy Moody, Perpetrator of Racist Bombing Spree

If we’re going to have a death penalty, he was its poster boy.

Fresno State English Professor Calls Barbara Bush ‘Racist’ and Wishes Rest of Family Would Die Soon

Randa Jarrar was classless and contemptible, which is protected by the First Amendment. As a tenured state employee so is her job.

Trump Likely to be Favored in 2020

The campaign-agnostic political science models predicted a toss-up in 2016 and again in 2020.

Andrew Cuomo to Pardon All Parollees to Restore Their Vote

Unable to get his way with the legislature, New York’s governor is taking a provocative step.

The Declining Market for Freelance Writing

Ring Lardner said he would “rather write for the New Yorker at five cents a word than for Cosmopolitan at one dollar a word.” A century later, he’d be lucky to get those rates.

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