USA presidential election: the reality show campaign

By Matthew Stevenson Reprinted from Politico with permission Thomas Jefferson called the American presidency “a bad edition of the Polish king.” In the intervening two centuries, however, the office has become one that not even the Poles would trade for a Teutonic knight or Lithuanian count. To elect a president now costs $1 billion, and […]

McChrystal exit: Obama and his generals

by Matthew Stevenson republished from, with permission (Video, President Obama’s announcement at the White House) General Stanley McChrystal may be the first commanding general in the history of warfare to be relieved of his command because he groaned over the receipt of an email from an ambassador, or because one of his aides whispered […]