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.


Former Enhanced Interrogator is Haunted

Eric Fair was an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2000 and then, in 2004, he worked as a contract interrogator in Iraq. He remains haunted by what he did there. In April 2004 I was stationed at a detention facility in Fallujah. Inside the detention facility was an office. Inside the… Read more »

Burwell’s Confirmation Will Be a Boring Circus

I anticipated the Wall Street Journal’s response to the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to head the Department of Health & Human Services when I sarcastically remarked that Senate Republicans would “surely give her a fair and dignified hearing.” The Journal sent a blast across Burwell’s bow this morning, urging the Republicans to use her confirmation… Read more »

Another Example of Mass Cowardice

As I understand it, the United States ratified a treaty that obligates it to issue visas to anyone who is appointed to serve as an ambassador to the United Nations. It was a condition of getting agreement that the United Nations would be headquartered in New York City. It seems like a reasonable expectation, don’t… Read more »

Daylight Video

It’s hard to believe that Jerry Garcia has been dead for almost 19 years. I remember when a world without him was unimaginable. As virtually always the case with Jerry, the theme is Americana, in this case the life of a former slave born in the town of Vicksburg, traded for a chestnut mare.

Evening Roundup

Michael Lazin is annoyed that four presidents gathered in Austin to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and none of them ruined the ceremony by bringing up My Lai. Contrary to Lazin’s assertion, LBJ is a liberal hero. He’s also a liberal goat. That he is both at the same… Read more »