Entries by Bernard Finel

Boston

In 2004, John Kerry responded to a question about terrorism by noting, “We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance.” Bush made hay out of this quote, but Kerry was absolutely right. The Boston bombing was a human tragedy, but […]

Yeah, one is just like the other…

Wow, just wow: In the increasingly confrontational debate over the nation’s gun laws, two female archetypes have emerged. There’s the grieving mother whose child was killed in a shooting and whose pleas for stricter regulation seem unassailable. And there’s the flinty mother who wants maximum firepower to take matters into her own hands to protect […]

The Emerging al Qaeda Narrative

The attack on the natural gas facility in Algeria this past week has reopened the debate over the demise of al Qaeda. The WaPo, being as usual fair and balanced, quotes extensively GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who naturally sees Algeria as a failure for the Obama Administration: As American troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan in […]

The Best Health Care System in the World

From Harold Meyerson in the WaPo: January has turned out to be a banner month for fans of American exceptionalism. As documented in voluminous detail in a 404-page report released last week by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, Americans lead shorter lives than Western Europeans, Australians, Japanese and Canadians. Of the 17 countries […]

Our Long National Nightmare…

… of actually having a Democratic Secretary of Defense in a Democratic administration will soon be coming to an end when Chuck Hagel is confirmed. Assuming Hagel serves out Obama’s second term, we will have had a Democrat as SecDef for precisely 19 months out of the past 20 years running from Clinton’s second term […]

Gun Nuts are Sometimes Really Nuts

As it turns out, “gun nuts” is not just about being crazy about guns, it is also apparently often about being actually insane. Imani and John’s posts link to some examples, but many of you have probably seen this as well (via TPM): Genuine derangement. And very, very scary.   UPDATE: And yet another fun […]

The Art of the Possible

And once more into the breach: Can you tell me the difference between these alternative proposals to increase federal revenue? 1) Allow all Bush tax cuts to expire bringing back Clinton era rates for everyone. 2) Extend all the Bush tax cuts for people making under $400k, and make up the difference by closing the […]