Three Things to be Thinking About When it Comes to Petraeus et al.

When I heard the story break last week I burst into ironic chuckles (yea, cause that’s the kind of person I am). Imagine if Anakin Skywalker had fallen not because of fear and deep pre-adolescent psychological trauma, but simply because he was cheating on the Jedi Council with Padme? No burnt-to-a-crisp Hayden Christensen spewing vitriolic non sequiturs…

The Disappearance of Informed Democracy

This week on the op-ed page of the Washington Post three senators debated the how best to detain “terrorists.”  The current annual defense authorization bill contains language introduced by Senators Carl Levin and John McCain that would codify the executive branch’s current practice of indefinitely detaining suspected terrorists.  It would also renew the 2001 Authorization…

all the president’s spies

John Judis would like to have more discussion about the possibility of ditching the CIA, or at the very least completely restructuring it: The question that Congress might ponder, but won’t, is whether the structure of our foreign policy apparatus – the power and responsibility vested in a secret branch of government —  invites abuse.…

Taking the Wrong Approach

I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that both sides of the “Did We Torture?” debate are doing themselves a big disservice in how they approach their arguments.  This perhaps isn’t surprising since I tend to think this is the case on most controversial hot-button topics. The pro-waterboarding side’s real argument isn’t that waterboarding, etc., aren’t…