Gore’s Nobel Acceptance Speech and the Speculation Continues

Al Gore told CNN today that there were no “campaign plans in his immediate future,” but he also said, he hadn’t “ruled out getting back into the political process at some point” — and “if he did return to political life, it would be to take another shot at the White … Continue reading

Of Retroactive Warning Signs & Preemptive Strikes

In actuality Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran pose no threat to America or her interests with any form of arms capacity. What does stand as a challenge, and what is suddenly showing in rather stark light, is the frail logic of our policies. With regard to arms, with regard to the exercise of power, in the Mideast and around the world, what is being called into question in our confrontation with Iran is the generalized doctrine American exceptionalsim, “The Because We Said So” Doctrine.

Why is nuclear power a sovereign domestic concern for American politicians to discuss freely, yet something Iran must seek permission for? What empowers the U.S. to arbitrate the standing of nuclear nations, blessing for India what it would bomb in Iraq? Would America’s ally Israel submit to the same monitoring conditions for its power plants now being demanded of Iran? These questions, this is the war of ideas Iran is waging right now. And that’s one place where I worry about our own “weapons capacity.” Continue reading

The Conservative Supremes?

The U.S. Supreme Court has just handed down a 7-2 decision which has the effect of saying that federal judges are relevant in criminal cases after all. The issue arises in this form because of the passage in 1984 of The Sentencing Reform Act. Previously, federal judges handled all sentencing … Continue reading