The Buzz

Hilary Rosen and The Big Flip

Credit the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus for dismissing the teapot tempest over Hilary Rosen’s silly comment about Ann Romney never having worked a day in her life—as “irrelevant to the presidential election.” But give her demerits for then dredging up all the same tired, persistent “women’s issues” that so consume writers of her stripe.

The ABCs of the Euro Crisis

Taking a fresh look at an old issue, Megan McArdle explores the role demographics play in the on-going Euro crisis for The Atlantic. But explaining demographics doesn’t itself illuminate a solution. McCardle does a decent job of showing the role an aging population has played in Europe's decline, but she fails to offer any real remedies for the economic slump.

Not the First Hawk to Fly

As soon as Rick Santorum announced the suspension of his presidential campaign, pundits began to wax poetic on the surprising role he played in this year’s bloody battle of a primary.

Nuking a Straw Man

Of all President Obama’s initiatives since taking office, few have upset hard-line hawks more than his embrace of the goal of “global zero”—the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. The most recent example is Keith Payne’s essay in the Weekly Standard, which decries Obama’s vision as “nuclear utopianism” and his arms-control efforts as “wishful thinking.”

Rove Headed for the Buzz Saw

Michigan senator Arthur Vandenburg’s admonition at the beginning of the Cold War that American politics would stop at the water’s edge seems downright quaint in today’s political environment. In fact, politics never stops at the water’s edge, and never has, but there was at least a respect for bipartisanship efforts on foreign policy matters in Vandenberg’s day. Not today.

The Flaws in International Justice

Sometimes it seems that hawks have so overwhelmed the liberal internationalist camp that there is little room left for another of their mainstays: tribunals for international justice. But a recent New York Times op-ed shows that advocates of robust international institutions are still around--and want to bring their theoretical models to the crisis in Syria.