Recent Commentary

White House blames Panetta, not its own faults [CNN Opinion]

10 10 14

(CNN) — The publication this week of memoirs by Leon Panetta has stirred up a sharp controversy in the press, but as so often happens these days in Washington, the focus seems to be on the sensational rather than the important. Continue reading

With ISIS fight, Obama regains confidence [Boston Globe]

09 25 14

PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY was fond of quoting two characters from Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1.” The first, Glendower, says, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.” To which Hotspur replies, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” Continue reading

ISIS war rollout resembles launch of Obamacare site [CNN Opinion]

09 22 14

Someone in the Obama White House clearly has a good book to write one day: “How Not to Do Rollouts.” Continue reading

Young candidates can fix a broken system [Boston Globe]

09 07 14

RETURNING FROM military combat in World War II, a 29-year-old John F. Kennedy hung up his uniform and embraced a new form of service back home: running for Congress from the 11th district of Massachusetts. He was one of many young veterans who ran and won in 1946 by appealing to voters’ eagerness for change. Continue reading

Use ‘safe zones’ to end immigrant crisis [, Gergen and Katz]

07 14 14

As America grapples with a crisis of children on its southern border, another image from another time seems inescapable: that ship full of Jewish refugees off our shores as World War II approached. Continue reading

Did Obama botch the endgame in Iraq? (, Gergen & Katz)

06 28 14

Today, as we watch the fracturing of Iraq, we would be wise to ask a different question: “How does one end a war?” The answer remains elusive, but Iraq is quickly becoming a case study in how not to do it. And unless we learn from this experience, Afghanistan could well be next. Continue reading

Republicans play into Hillary’s hands (

06 14 14

Hillary Clinton’s book roll-out the past few days has shown, as expected, that she still commands an army of rapturous fans, but the best news for her this week came from the completely unexpected: the defeat of Republican leader Eric Cantor.
Rarely has a GOP primary for a seat in the House of Representatives had such wide repercussions. For Clinton, they almost all run in her favor. Consider just three: Continue reading

What it takes to fix the VA (

06 02 14

The place to start is to appoint a world-class leader to run the place and recruit a squad of young, talented veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan as a personal support team. Continue reading