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.

The Pentagon and White House are Not People and Don’t Do Things

A misleading, annoying media trope that needs to go away.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

‘Florida Man’ Has Feelings, Too

Strong public records laws, not an excess of weirdness, has driven a sad meme.

Hickenlooper Denounces Socialism, Gets Booed

Bernie Sanders supporters are a wee bit sensitive.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

North Korean Nuclear Officials Reportedly Executed

A thinly-sourced but utterly believable tale of evil.

National Spelling Bee Ends in 8-Way Tie

Having exhausted their word list and the competitors, the contest ended with octo-champs.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Democrats to Raise Qualification Bar for Third Debate

The party’s presidential wannabes have until September 12 to demonstrate a pulse.

Biden and the Crime Bill

The Democratic frontrunner is being wrongly blamed for an explosion in the prison population.

McConnell Would Fill Court Vacancy in 2020

Hypocritical? Sure. Surprising? No.

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Men, Work, and Self-Worth

Most of us define ourselves largely through our jobs. That’s increasingly a problem.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

EU Elections Show Continued Voter Frustrations

The transatlantic rejection of elite consensus that began with Brexit continues.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Naomi Wolf’s New Book a Complete Misunderstanding

An author’s greatest nightmare unfolded on live radio.

Bernie Sanders the Millionaire

There are many things to dislike about the Democratic socialist from Vermont. Hypocrisy isn’t among them.

Politicizing Intelligence

Yet another violation of norms by the 45th President.

Trump So Calm. Hasn’t Lost It.

It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment, folks.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Trump to Democrats: Investigate Me or Govern

The Toddler-in-Chief has issued an ultimatum.

Is San Francisco’s Gentrification Such a Bad Thing?

The city by the Bay is rapidly transforming. Should we lament that?

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Jimmy Carter’s Rennaissance?

Some 2020 Democratic hopefuls are turning to a surprising source for counsel.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Louisana’s Democratic Governor to Sign Abortion Ban

Jon Bel Edwards is a reminder that our divide is cultural, not just partisan.

Tony Robbins Accused of Harassment and Malpractice

America’s leading motivational speaker and self-help guru is coming under fire.

Guardian Drops Neutrality in Climate Crisis Reporting

Gone are ‘climate change’ and ‘skeptic.’ In are ‘global heating’ and ‘denier.’

Sanders Calls for Private Charter School Ban

I’m not sure his solution is correct or even legal. But the problem is very real.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Trump’s Crazy Immigration Plan

The President unveiled some incoherent ideas yesterday that have no chance of becoming law.

Democrats Playing into Trump’s Hands on Mueller Report

We already know enough to impeach.

Jefferson Davis Highway Slowly Going Away

Northern Virginia is slowly undoing an anachronism.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off-topic because there IS no topic.

Alabama Bans Most Abortions

We’ve soon see whether the current Supreme Court will overturn Roe v Wade.

Buttigieg vs Booker

Two youngish Rhodes Scholars turned mayors are getting covered differently.

Open Forum

It’s that time again.

The Last Original Navy SEAL

94-year-old Bill Dawson has a story to tell and is the only one left alive to tell it.

Trump Laying Impeachment Trap?

An absurd theory for an absurd time.

Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are Different Justices So Far

Despite similar paths to the Supreme Court, it turns out the two don’t share the same style and approach.

Trump Wants End to National Injunctions from Lower Courts

A longstanding legal question may finally come to a head.

Harvard Fires Dean Representing Harvey Weinstein

The university has bowed to student pressure.

Open Forum

It’s that time again.

No, the Framers Didn’t Screw Up Impeachment

The problem is with our politics, not our institutions.

Can the Constitution Handle Trump?

The President is systematically defying Congress. Whatever can be done about that?

Open Forum

Your invitation to spout off.

Trump May Reverse Mattis on Academy Grads Going Pro

The President revived an old debate but added some new twists.

Hiring Preferences for Government Spouses

A perfectly reasonable initiative with a significant downside.

Open Forum

Sometimes they’re still on Wednesday.

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Navy Chief: Get Past Ship Numbers

The raw number of vessels is not the best metric of naval power.