Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.

Odds & Ends

Leave it to the Daily Mail to run with some really reprehensible speculation about one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. The New York Times has a much more responsible and less sensational piece on the latest in the investigation. Chris Cillizza speculates about what would happen if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run… Read more »

Hamid Karzai Says America Can Go

This is just fine with me: In his final address to Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai said U.S. soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military already protects 93 percent of the country and was ready to take over entirely. He reiterated his stance that he will not sign a… Read more »

Is It Time For a Second Cold War?

As Crimea holds an election reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s phony plebiscites, Julia Ioffe predicts that it is all a precursor for a Russian invasion of Ukraine proper, and an annexation of its eastern half. Whether that happens or not, the Washington Post editorial board is calling for a second Cold War to contain and weaken… Read more »

Things That Make Me Uncomfortable

There are certain ledes that you just don’t want to see in your news feed. SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA — No one has any idea what President Vladimir Putin will do after Crimea votes on Sunday to join Russia. But if bankers and diplomats from New York to London are sleeping fitfully, worried whether Russia’s about to… Read more »

Putin’s Dangerous Game

I wish I had a better grasp of what is really going on in the mind of Vladimir Putin, because things could really get nasty in a hurry and he’s behaving with extreme bellicosity. KIEV, Ukraine — Russia’s military staged a provocative new act of aggression on Saturday, occupying a gas-pumping station and village on… Read more »