To me, the whole “My parents did (insert anything from the banal to the psychotic here) and I turned out fine” rationale doesn’t hold a lot of water. That’s particularly true in the case of NFL running back Adrian Peterson, accused of beating his son with a tree branch, and the people coming out to support him with the “My parents beat me with a tree branch and I turned out just fine” spiel.
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Hillary Clinton is about as subtle as a jackhammer. The Hill reported on her weekend trip to Iowa:
Here’s the nightmare scenario that kept Obama administration officials awake at night this summer as they watched the black-masked guerrillas of Islamic State sweep across Iraq: First, the insurgents could invade Baghdad, toppling Iraq’s government and forcing a Saigon-style evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. Then they could move into Jordan, a close U.S. ally that has maintained a peaceful border with Israel for a generation. From there, they could even threaten Saudi Arabia, the linchpin of the world’s oil markets.
Tomorrow will be a big day in Scotland. After 307 years joined with England as the United Kingdom, the Scots will vote to choose if they want to declare their independence.
When I returned from my recent trip to South Carolina and Georgia, I brought home a souvenir that I would have preferred to have left in behind. The day after our conference ended in Greenville, I began feeling ill about the time I arrived at my granddaughter’s house near Atlanta for a short visit.
Relations between China and India — the world’s two most populous countries, neighbors and rivals — have long been prickly. But when China’s President Xi Jinping travels to Gujarat and New Delhi this week for his first bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he will have a unique window of opportunity, with some help from Modi of course, to change the dynamic of that relationship decisively.
Last week, President Obama laid out his plan for attacking the Islamic State, and the immediate response from Republicans was almost uniformly negative. That wasn’t surprising, given that one of the opposition’s duties is to say that the president is wrong about everything, but if you expected that all Republican voters would fall in line with their leaders, you’d be wrong. A poll from the Pew Research Center taken after the speech shows a remarkable level of agreement about this new military undertaking.
One of the many, many things I love about fall is the slate of brand new television shows it brings with it. That particular phenomenon is about to unfold and I find myself in a bit of a whirl about it. I absolutely can’t wait for a couple of shows to return and I am really excited to see how a couple of new ones turn out.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has released its latest biannual survey of American attitudes about foreign policy, titled, “Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment.” (Full disclosure: I’m on the foreign policy advisory board that consulted with and provided feedback to the survey team.)
It should surprise no one that representatives from across Germany’s political establishment, including the President and Chancellor, turned out for a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, given the country’s history and a series of ugly anti-Israel protests this summer. The small size of the crowd was less expected, but Germany isn’t sliding back into the habits of the 1930s — today’s anti-Semitism has an altogether different source.