On “Reaching Limits” and Pakistan

This is a couple of weeks old, but worth just revisiting. From Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan on 7 June:

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday pressured Pakistan to do more to root out the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani terrorist network, saying American officials are “reaching the limits of our patience.”


We haven’t reached the limits […]

Hero Worship and the Use of Force

I am coming late to the who Chris Hayes “heroes” kerfuffle. I don’t particularly have any interest in the abstract semantic debate over who is a hero and who isn’t. I do think Conor Friedersdorf’s take is provocative, however. But I want to raise another issue, which is the way the indiscriminate use of the […]

A Rare Justified Freakout

So, rightwingers are so prone to getting all worked up and made up shit, that it is tempting to dismiss all of their freakouts as just so much noise. But in this case, they have a point:

Al Armendariz, a mid-level official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2009, resigned this week after conservatives […]

At the Movies With Justin Bieber

So I took my kids to see Arthur Christmas today. Cute movie, though not up to usual Aardman standards. I like the movie-going experience, on the whole, even though the prices are crazy and I’m not really a fan of 3D. But I swear, I almost lost it today. And the reason is two words: […]

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa… Substance Matters

Grass Greener, etc. : Lawyers, Guns & Money I just want to draw everyone’s attention to the comment thread of this post. The post itself isn’t particularly interesting, but the comment thread is fascinating in that it reads almost as a direct mirror image of dozens of comment threads that you’d find on progressives blogs […]

If We Surrender Maybe They Won’t Hurt Us

Barack Obama, Tax Cuts, 2012, And David Axelrod: Inside A Divided White House | The New Republic

Within the administration, the split over whether to mount a tax-cut offensive broke down largely along wonk-operative lines. The wonks spent the last year mystified that the White House was ducking the fight when the substantive merits were […]

No One Could Have Predicted This

Two Major Conservative Obstacles Emerge To Tax Cut Compromise | TPMDC

Two key obstacles emerged Tuesday night to the passage of President Obama’s tax cut compromise with the GOP. Except this time they come from the right: The influential anti-tax group Club for Growth and conservative kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) both came out in […]

Just Shoot Me

Obama’s tax cut extension part of strategy to show bipartisanship

Although his liberal supporters are furious about the decision, President Obama‘s willingness to extend all of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts is part of what White House officials say is a deliberate strategy: to demonstrate his ability to compromise with Republicans and portray the […]