Post Archive

January 2007

Dear Victor, Remember that inspired 1994 flick Dumb and Dumber? If I were to make a movie about the Middle East today it would have to...

Dear Max, The surge, in my opinion, could very well work—if it is the catalyst for a change in tactics. In COMMENTARY and elsewhere, many observers...

Maybe. But it certainly doesn't need the one it has now. Whether because his term of office runs out next July or because, before that,...

The strangest art story of the year grows stranger yet. Last October, Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas developer and art collector, accidentally shoved his elbow...

Unlike most of the men and women who populate the higher reaches of American politics, James Webb, the new Democratic Senator from Virginia, is a...

Poor Jimmy Carter! "This is the first time that I've ever been called a liar and a bigot and an anti-Semite and a coward and...

Welcome to Weekend Reading, a new feature at contentions: thought-provoking selections from the COMMENTARY archive to help tide you over until Monday. One of the...

New York’s World Trade Center memorial is again the subject of controversy. Two years ago I criticized the design in the New Criterion for its...

Despite warnings that it is damaging national security, despite the prospect that it is inviting an unprecedented prosecution under the espionage statutes barring communication of...

"This is the first time I’ve ever been called a liar," said former President Jimmy Carter during his much-ballyhooed foray into the lion’s den of...

In a recent column, satirist Andy Borowitz suggests that in 2008, there will be more presidential candidates than there are voters: With politicians throwing their hats...

I love old books and I (mostly) like the gentle souls who sell them. Yet an elderly, convalescent antiquarian bookseller seems an improbable hero in...