The Cuba lobby’s success has reflected a deep truth of American politics: Where there’s a concentrated interest on one side of an issue, and only a diffuse interest on the other, the concentrated interest wins.
It wasn’t going to be long before Rolling Stone’s botched story about sexual assault at the University of Virginia was cited to try to discredit other rape allegations. And so it’s no surprise, though perhaps a bit of a disappointment, that the inevitable moment has arrived.
The massacre Tuesday at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, is likely to set off a new round of fighting between the country’s army and the Taliban. But the attack may also push President Barack Obama to renew the counter-terrorism partnership with Pakistan that has deteriorated since the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Think of the trouble Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker have gotten into over emails and texts. Assuming Bush doesn’t have any bombshells, he can present his administration as drama-free and effective.
As he sat in the C-130 Hercules transport plane enroute to a small airport near the middle of Africa, Sasson “Sassy” Reuven, a member of Israel’s Red Beret paratroop unit, knew that failure was not an option.
American officers — in a period of war and fear following 9/11 — subjected captured suspects to stress positions, fatigue, temperature extremes and other techniques, including waterboarding. If used on us, we would know it was torture.