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  • Originally published 04/03/2015

    A brief history of hating treaties

    History tells us that plenty of U.S. treaties and accords have been met with firestorms of criticism and controversy.

  • Originally published 03/03/2015

    Obama Must Explain Why the Iran Deal Isn’t North Korea Redux

    As the Obama administration rushes into a nuclear deal with Iran, it pays to remember the last time the United States struck a deal with a rogue regime in order to constrain that state’s nuclear program and the aftermath of that supposed success.

  • Originally published 02/23/2015

    What Ike Can Teach Obama

    In the 1956 Suez Crisis, Eisenhower recognized that America's interests did not lie with blind and unconditional support of an ally.

  • Originally published 02/18/2015

    President Obama and Whig History

    Finishing up business left undone last week, I’m grateful to Ta-Nehisi Coates for taking the time to critique my own critique of President Obama’s prayer breakfast speech. A few thoughts in response, working my way around his points.

  • Originally published 02/16/2015

    Excessive Presidential War Power

    Barack Obama, after six months of fighting against the brutal group ISIS, has finally decided to ask for congressional approval of his war.

  • Originally published 01/19/2015

    No, Obama Is Not Black Jesus

    What one thing should historians have told Obama he needed to know when he met with them at the outset of his presidency? 

  • Originally published 01/09/2015

    The Roots of Obama’s Ambitious College Plan

    The roots of President Obama’s ambitious proposal for free community college can be found in a 2008 book by the economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz called “The Race Between Education and Technology.”

  • Originally published 01/07/2015

    Split Power is the New Normal

    Every president in the last 50 years, save Jimmy Carter and Lyndon Johnson, has experienced at least one session of Congress in which the opposing party controlled both chambers of Congress.

  • Originally published 12/19/2014

    Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

    The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

  • Originally published 11/25/2014

    Executive actions on immigration have long history

    President Obama’s executive action to protect millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation is an act that both follows and departs from precedents set by his predecessors.

  • Originally published 11/20/2014

    Obama’s JFK Problem

    How the battle between the president and his joint chiefs chairman over Iraq recalls the early days of Vietnam.

  • Originally published 11/18/2014

    Return of the Veto?

    President Obama has rejected just two bills in his six years in office, the fewest of any White House occupant who has served as long since James Monroe. That could begin to change next week.

  • Originally published 11/12/2014

    Obama can’t govern? Who knew?

    "The reason the public has lost its illusions about Obama is that he has proved to be as bumbling an executive as he was beguiling as a campaigner."

  • Originally published 11/04/2014

    Is Barack Obama the Worst President in American History?

    With America’s ahistorical orientation and restrictive two-party political system, people on the right of the American political spectrum reflexively and viscerally believe that the current left-of-center president is the worst in history; left-leaning people had the same opinion of George W. Bush.

  • Originally published 10/17/2014

    Selective Memory and the CIA

    "Talk about politicized intelligence. At least that’s what it would be called if the president in office were a Republican."

  • Originally published 09/08/2014

    Seize the Jacksonian Day

    “Obama has always had trouble with Jacksonians, who tend to live outside cities and be older white, and less educated than Obama’s political base.”

  • Originally published 09/06/2014

    Will Textualism kill Obamacare?

    This approach, which was pioneered and advocated by, most prominently, Justice Antonin Scalia, holds that courts should interpret laws based solely on their own terms, and not on the basis of the intent of the legislators who create the statute.

  • Originally published 08/28/2014

    Cornel West and the Insular World of the Obama-Hating Left

    "Tom Frank, an anti-Obama leftist, interviews Cornel West, another anti-Obama leftist, in a conversation so deeply marinated in shared assumptions that, at one point, both interviewer and interviewee agree that nobody disagrees with them."

  • Originally published 07/23/2014

    The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

    Why there’s really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November.

  • Originally published 07/22/2014

    Obama lacks resolve on Ukraine

    "We are seeing more resolve projected from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations than from the Oval Office."

  • Originally published 06/26/2014

    Supreme Court Curbs President’s Power to Make Recess Appointments

    The court ruled unanimously that President Obama had violated the Constitution in 2012 by appointing officials to the National Labor Relations Board during a short break in the Senate’s work when the chamber was convening every three days in pro forma sessions.

  • Originally published 06/19/2014

    A cautious Obama misreads history

    Two instincts — one predictable, the other surprising — help explain the arc of Barack Obama’s presidency.

  • Originally published 06/13/2014

    Obama’s Iraq

    Mosul has fallen, and al Qaeda is on the march towards Baghdad.

  • Originally published 05/16/2014

    Obama honors Brown vs. Board of Education

    Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the ruling that struck down school segregation and marked a major turning point in the civil rights movement.

  • Originally published 04/24/2014

    The Color of His Presidency

    Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony. Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife. Neither was right.

  • Originally published 04/09/2014

    For Obama Presidency, Lyndon Johnson Looms Large

    The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a painful reminder to President Obama that Lyndon B. Johnson might have been the last president able to push through such sweeping legislation.

  • Originally published 04/08/2014

    Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lincoln was sexy

    “If I didn’t believe Abraham Lincoln could win today, I might as well give up. OK, shave the beard and get rid of the stovepipe hat. But I think he was actually sexy.”

  • Originally published 03/18/2013

    History channel denies Satan in ‘The Bible’ series cast to resemble Obama

    From the History channel statement:HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.From “The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey:“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani [sic], is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor.  He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”Executive Producer, Roma Downey added, ”Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian.  False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

  • Originally published 02/07/2015

    Are You Ready To Fight Putin's Russia?

    There's only one way out of the Ukrainian mess and that's patient, deliberate, nonviolent diplomacy. The alternative could be a nuclear war.

  • Originally published 07/18/2014

    Obama Wants to Close the Oceans. Privatize Instead!

    In June, President Obama made a video announcement at the Our Ocean 2014 Conference, sponsored by the Department of State. He declared, “Like Presidents Clinton and Bush before me, I’m going to use my authority as President to protect some of our most precious marine landscapes just as we do for our mountains and rivers and forests.… [T]he United States is leading the fight to protect the world’s oceans.”The statement foreshadowed a new executive order which would place a huge swath of the Pacific Ocean under control of the U.S. federal government. According to the Washington Post, the aggressive program is scheduled to begin later this year “after a comment period.” It “could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.” Other executive measures would address related issues, some of which would be domestic in scope.Obama’s stated purpose is to protect the ocean from threats such as pollution, climate change, oil drilling, and overfishing. His executive order will achieve the opposite. Anyone who wishes to protect the ocean should move to privatize it as extensively and as quickly as possible.

  • Originally published 06/14/2014

    Press TV Interview

    Press TV interviewed me about U.S. policy toward Ukraine. You can listen here. 

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