By Ruth Conniff
If the more genteel, intellectual figures on the right acknowledge that they are out of ideas, the modern equivalents of Joe McCarthy are sharpening their knives.
It’s Over—And Not A Moment Too Soon By Marie Cocco —
George W. Bush promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the White House, but he leaves with less honor and with lower public approval than any president since Richard Nixon.
Giving Obama the Benefit of the Doubt By Eugene Robinson —
Rarely has a new presidency been greeted with such a consensus of goodwill—and rarely has a new president so needed it.
What Can Obama Learn From Bush? By E.J. Dionne —
The Bush administration’s specific failures—in foreign and domestic policy and on matters related to civil liberties—are clear enough. Yet the deeper cause of the public’s disaffection goes beyond these specifics.
Glenn Greenwald:Tom Friedman Offers a Perfect Definition of 'Terrorism'
The war strategy which Friedman is heralding -- what he explicitly describes with euphemism-free candor as "exacting enough pain on civilians" in order to teach them a lesson -- is about as definitive of a war crime as it gets. It also happens to be the classic, textbook definition of "terrorism."