Israel Kills Qud Force Leaders; Iran Vows Revenge

Another escalation in the longstanding “shadow war.”

Islamic State Attacks Moscow Concert Venue

Putin ignored warnings from US intelligence.

US Warned Iran Ahead of ISIL Attack

The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.

Pope Calls Israel-Hamas War ‘Terrorism’

A bizarre statement by the head of the Roman Catholic church.

Israelis Divided on Ground Offensive

A poll on Israeli support.

The Threat of Political Violence

Separating rhetoric from action.

First Capitol Rioter to Go to Trial Gets 7 Years

A loudmouth III%er cried like a baby during his sentencing.

U.S. Kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda Founder and Leader

A precision drone strike on a balcony in Kabul took out a longtime nemesis.

Riot (or Worse) Thwarted in Idaho

A group of extremists are stopped from instigating a riot.

Disinformation Governance Board Killed by Disinformation Campaign

The combination of a horrendous rollout and a social media onslaught was disastrous.

When Mass Murder Becomes Commonplace

Tragedy has played out so often that it has become a statistic.

Whitmer Kidnap ‘Plotters’ Acquitted

A Michigan jury believed the FBI created the crime.

Saudis Execute 81

More brutality from an ostensible US ally.

Biden ‘Leading from Behind’ on Ukraine

The American President is once again leading the free world.

US Waives Iran Sanctions as Deal Nears

The Biden administration is close to repairing the damage Trump caused.

Raid on Terrorist Leader Kills More Civilians

The American way of war kills a lot of noncombatants.

Butterfly Center Closed Over Fears of Conspiracy Nuts

A ginned up controversy regarding a border nature reserve has escalated.

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In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

Saudi Arabia Building Ballistic Missiles with Chinese Help

Our ostensibly ally is working with our chief adversary against our interests.

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The Fauci Who Stole Christmas

You’re a monster, Dr. Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole.

News, Analysis, and Opinion

The continuing calls to abandon objectivity in reporting in favor of a particular agenda.

Hezbollah in Latin America! (Part Gazillion)

A possible murder plot in Colombia embedded into a problematic multi-decade narrative.

Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre

A serial criminal murdered five and injured dozens.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

9/11 at 20

Two decades after a day we’ll not forget.

OTB 2003 Revisited

A blast from the past.

Our Victory in Iraq

The wonders of hindsight.

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The Forever War Isn’t Over By a Long Shot

We may be out of Afghanistan but the ‘war on terror’ is likely to continue indefinitely.

US Retaliates Against ISIL-K

An unsatisfying first(?) response.

Terrorist Strike Hits Afghan Evacuation

Thirteen Marines and dozens of Afghan civilians are dead in a much-anticipated attack.

McConnell’s Statement on Afghanistan

Yes, it’s complicated, but it is also time to stop relying on cliches.

Natanz Bombing More Effective Than Thought

Thousands of centrifuges have been destroyed.

Natanz Sidelined by Another Israeli Attack

Iran’s top nuclear facility is offline again.

Capitol Police Officer Killed in Attack

A loon wolf terrorist who followed Louis Farrakhan was responsible.

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930-2021

The Watergate conspirator, author, and talk show host was 90.

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Merrick Garland Ready to Take on Domestic Extremists

The man most famous for getting screwed out of a Supreme Court seat has a more interesting backstory.

Reporting and Commentary Should Remain Separate

There’s more than enough opinion journalism.

Did House Impeachment Managers Make Their Case?

Most agree that it was good theater. But it’s not clear what they’ve proven.

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

The Leaderless GOP

The Republican Party is not really a thing.

Biden’s Christianity, Lincoln, and the Truth of Who We Are

Biden’s America is a place and idea in which the trappings of empire or glory are ephemera in comparison with perennial human relationships—families; friendships; communities; schools; neighbors; partners.

Did Q Shaman Intend to ‘Capture and Assassinate’ Government Officials?

Some of the Capitol rioters were much more dangerous than others.

Capitol Riot Could Have Been Much Worse

The live coverage of Wednesday’s assault on American democracy underplayed its seriousness.

The Terrorist In The Mirror

There’s a word for people who use outrageous violence to terrorize.

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Two Crazy Aspects of Trump’s Fraud Allegations

Granted, there are more than two. But from a political science/political history POV, these two stick out in my mind.

Nashville Christmas Bombing

An exploding RV did substantial property damage but caused only minor injuries to bystanders.

Al Qaeda Deputy Killed in Iran

The man behind the 1998 embassy attacks is dead.

The Proud Boys Heard Trump Loud and Clear

They are standing by as ordered.

In Response to John Podhoretz’s Latest Column

Shame on him for defending authoritarian actions.

A Simple Comparison

A thought experiment on what we have seen in Portland.