Ed Kilgore

When Will We Ever Learn?

Now that Republican presidential candidates are increasingly lining up behind the idea of reengaging Sunni militants with ground forces in Iraq and Syria–Jeb Bush just expressed an ambition to become the third politician named Bush to send U.S. troops into Iraq–you have to wonder all over again if these people are completely immune from learning… Read more »

Lunch Buffet

A couple of readers in random comment threads have suggested maybe my new gig will let me sleep in to a normal PST wake-up time. Afraid not. I’ll be joining a virtual conference each day at the accustomed 5:00 AM. And no Daylight Video in the queue to enable me to hit the snooze button… Read more »

Terrorism? Let’s Throw Money At It!

Gage Skidmore/Flickr At the Plum Line today, Paul Waldman notes a rather puzzling aspect of Republican national security rhetoric now that it’s All About Terrorism. Jeb Bush is doing a big speech today calling for a significantly larger defense budget. Why is that? While Republicans always want the military to be bigger than whatever it… Read more »

Michelle Cottle Tilts at Windmills

As regular readers know, since Charlie Peters’ retirement we’ve turned over his legendary magazine column, Tilting at Windmills, to a series of distinguished WaMo alumni. This issue, it’s Michelle Cottle, who is currently a senior writer at National Journal. Right of the bat, she has an acute observation about the 2016 presidential contest: Forget about… Read more »

Big Brothers Are Watching You

Gage Skidmore/Flickr Here a really creepy news item from Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel: The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering on its liberal opponents, viewing it as a key strategic tool in its efforts to reshape American public life. The operation, which… Read more »