In Yemen, Missing the Forest

Yemen doesn’t get nearly as much attention as other battlefields in the war on terror, but there is an important struggle going on there with some fascinating recent developments. This is a multi-front war involving the Houthis, an Iranian-backed militia; the nominal government of Yemen, led by president-in-exile Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the al-Qaeda outpost most focused on attacking the United states; and a province of the Islamic State.

26
Shares
Google+ Print

In Yemen, Missing the Forest

Must-Reads from Magazine

John Kerry Gives the Iranian Theocrats Hope

The end of the water's edge.

It was the blatant subversion of the president’s sole authority to conduct American foreign policy, and the political class received it with fury. It was called “mutinous,” and the conspirators were deemed “traitors” to the Republic. Those who thought “sedition” went too far were still incensed over the breach of protocol and the reckless way in which the president’s mandate was undermined. Yes, times have certainly changed since 2015, when a series of Republican senators signed a letter warning Iran’s theocratic government that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka, the Iran nuclear deal) was built on a foundation of sand.

1
Shares
Google+ Print

PODCAST: The Kavanaugh Accusation

Podcast: The claims, their legitimacy, and the potential precedent.

We devote the entire podcast today to the allegations of teenage assault issued against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Are we ready to surrender the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty, even in a non-legal proceeding? Give a listen.

4
Shares
Google+ Print

Democrats Have Disgraced Themselves over Brett Kavanaugh

Institutional collapse.

With the demise of the filibuster for judicial nominations, the Senate has become a more partisan body. Members of the opposition party no longer have to take difficult votes to confirm presidential nominees, and so they no longer have to moderate their rhetoric to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy. Many expected, therefore, that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings would tempt Democrats to engage in theatrics and hyperbole. Few, however, foresaw just how recklessly the Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members would behave.

228
Shares
Google+ Print

What Is Going on in Sunspot, New Mexico?

A mystery.

While the nation’s attention is focused on the Carolina coast, something very odd is happening across the country in Sunspot, New Mexico.

49
Shares
Google+ Print

You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.

Americans awoke Thursday morning to a familiar noise: The president of the United States waxing conspiratorial and declaring himself the victim of a nefarious plot.

20
Shares
Google+ Print