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.

PBS to Launch Conservative Talk Show

Michael Gerson and Amy Holmes will host a program loosely based on “Firing Line” starting in April.

Hope Hicks Out as Communications Director

The 29-year-old was one of President Trump’s most trusted aides but she had an impossible job.

Quick Takes?

Does OTB’s Quick Takes section still serve a useful purpose?

Attorney General Retorts to Angry Presidential Tweet

Yet another top appointee is in the awkward position of having to defend himself from the Tweeter-in-Chief.

Mueller Asking Whether Trump Knew About Hacked Emails Before Release

The Russia probe is focusing on the sequence of events surrounding hacked Clinton campaign and DNC emails.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Captain America

The opinion journalist who has lately been writing the Black Panther comics is taking on one of the format’s most iconic characters.

Facebook Algorithm Change Kills ‘Little Things’

A recent change to the way the social media giant selects articles readers see first has crushed a web magazine.

‘Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match. Two enter. Only one survives.’

You’d think after 13 months in the White House they’d start understanding that there are rules.

Foreign Governments Sought to Exploit Kushner’s Overseas Business Arrangements

This is very much why the security clearance process requires so much financial disclosure.

Jared Kushner ‘Loses’ Top Secret Clearance (But Maybe Not Access)

The White House chief of staff has downgraded the President’s son-in-law’s access to classified information. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Google Not Required to Vet Websites for Defamatory Content

A German court has ruled that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” does not require search engines to verify sites are free from malicious content before listing them.

Yet More Site Tweaks

We’ve rolled out a few modest updates to the site design.

George Clinton Not a Fan of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument

The funk legend advocates a melting pot approach in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone.

Words You Can’t Say

The February 2 episode of This American Life gets at some of my frustrations over our inability to have a meaningful discussion about pretty much anything.

Rhode Island Governor Orders Confiscating Guns from ‘Red Flag’ Persons

As with any such discretionary power given to police, it will surely be abused. But the Parkland shooting was yet another in a long line of situations where obvious “red flags” were ignored until it was too late.

Are People Too Stupid to Raise Taxes?

Daniel Triesman offers an explanation as to “Why the poor don’t vote to soak the rich.”

Ben Rhodes’ Old Team Has a New Name

The Obama Administration called and wants its foreign policy back.

FedEx Takes Right Position on NRA, Faces Backlash

The shipping giant FedEx is coming under serious pressure to sever its ties with the NRA. Its president has issued a strong statement as to why they won’t.

Georgia May Strip Delta Tax Break Over Its NRA Break

I don’t see how the state legislature making tax decisions on the basis of the public position an company takes is legal under the 14th Amendment. 

Russiagate Worst Scandal in Decades?

Jonathan Bernstein thinks so and Chuck Todd and company outline a pretty strong case.

Trump Leaves Kelly Twisting Over Kushner Clearance

The President’s fecklessness here is incredible. Either take these people out of sensitive posts or take the responsibility for granting them waivers. 

Have You Ever Heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?

Mark Levin says we’re “morons” and “illiterate in English” because we’ve quoted the NYT.

California Democrats Snub Dianne Feinstein

The octogenarian failed to get her party’s endorsement for a sixth term.

Trump: Execute All the Big Drug Dealers

The President would like to copy Singapore’s zero-tolerance policy. The US Constitution stands in his way.

What is the Middle Class and is It Shrinking?

Salary-based definitions distort the conversation. And lifestyle-based definitions are a moving target.

Second Judge Says Trump Illegally Overturned Obama Regulation

Presidents are much more constrained in issuing and rolling back regulations than they or the public think.

Anti-Taiwanese Discrimination in Australia

A mass wave of mainland Chinese immigration to Australia has led to discrimination against Taiwanese expats there.

Anti-NRA Boycott Gaining Steam

More than a dozen companies have ended relationships with the gun rights organization and protesters are demanding more follow suit.

Marvel Post-Credit Scenes

Here’s one vote for ending this annoying practice.

Black Panther Movie Review Roundup

Some thoughts on the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet. [Modest spoilers]

VA Care for All?

Dave Schuler argues the US would have a much better healthcare system if we had modeled it on VA clinics rather than private insurance.

‘Deep Fakes’ a Looming Crisis

An emerging technology will take “fake news” to a whole new level.

The Difference Between AR-15 and Normal Gunshot Wounds

An emergency room physician explains why “assault rifle” wounds are much harder to treat than shots from a pistol.

Has Google Gone Gaga?

I’ve noticed in the last day or two that, suddenly, all of Google’s search services have gotten ridiculously worse.

Security Force Assistance Brigade Deploys Amid Beret Controversy

The U.S. Army is once again embroiled in an internecine fight over hats.

The National Security Gender Gap’s Intractability

While the glass ceiling in high-level posts was shattered decades ago, men still dominate the field.

Collapse of the Global Elite?

Elliot Cohen laments the lack of steel in the spine of the statesmen, diplomats, soldiers, and thinkers of the current generation.

Gun-Violence Restraining Orders?

NRO’s David French offers “A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider.”

New Site Bugs?

Rather than spamming every comment thread with issues, list any other issues here and we’ll see what we can do. 

It Depends on What the Meaning of ‘Russiagate’ Is

Blake Hounshell has doubts about whether Trump colluded with Moscow.

German Air Force Wants F-35; German Government Doesn’t

Pork barrel politics is complicating Germany’s replacement of its 1970s fighter jet.

Uncase that iPhone!

Nick Statt argues that the iPhone X is just too nice to ruin with a plastic case.

Why Aren’t Nonprofits More Regulated?

A series of scandals at Oxfam and other charitable organizations raise troubling questions.

Larry Nance Jr. Reprises Dad’s 1984 Dunk

On the one hand, this is cool. On the other, it’s just another sign of how damned old I am. I graduated high school in 1984. 

Joe Biden Tiptoeing Toward 2020 Presidential Run

He’s tan. He’s rested. He’s old.

Major Republican Donor Will Only Support Candidates Who Back Assault Weapon Ban

Al Hoffman Jr., a Florida-based real estate developer who was a leading fund-raiser for George W. Bush’s campaigns, said he would seek to marshal support among other Republican political donors for a renewed assault weapons ban.

What Does a Superhero Owe Us?

The new Black Panther movie raises a variant of the central question of the superhero genre. [No significant spoilers]

Are Mass Shootings a National Security Threat?

Phil Carter makes an interesting argument but he’s ultimately mistaken.

OTB Site Refresh

The long-overdue redesign of OTB is now live.

Megan McArdle Hired as WaPo Columnist

While I don’t always agree with her, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the sheer vitriol she inspires, given that she’s unfailingly polite, not discernibly partisan, and bends over backwards to acknowledge the merits of competing viewpoints.