Andrew Sabl

Terrorism’s Real Victims: The Citizens of Failed States

It’s often said that terrorist groups, are, compared to plain old states, a relatively minor threat to the security of the U.S. and other Western countries. That’s true. But due to their unique interest in failed rather than strong states, they’re a profound threat to the people who live where they’re based. I thought of… Read more »

Blaming Unemployment on “Unemployees”

The President’s proposed jobs plan contains a provision that would bar employers from saying no currently unemployed people need apply for their jobs. Hit & Run’s Tim Cavanaugh doesn’t like it. He objects to creating a “new protected class” and thinks that barring employers from putting a no-jobless proviso in their job ads raises “First… Read more »

He Wishes I May, I Wish I Might.

Headline from yesterday morning’s New York Times (fixed in the online edition, but with the original headline noted): “9/11 May Have Been Stopped but for High-Level Dysfunction, Ex-F.B.I. Agent Writes.” Even as conspiracy theories go, this one is extreme. I’ve never heard anyone claim before that the twin towers may not have fallen after all—that… Read more »

New Model, Old Coalition

What do you get when you cross a Jehovah’s Witness with a Unitarian? Someone who knocks on your door for no particular reason. I thought of that joke when reading James’ recent comment alluding to his (excellent) post from 2008 about how Obama’s grassroots movement was like the New Model Army. In both cases the… Read more »