Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Nation, is editor of Truthdig.com and author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books), The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (Twelve) and Playing President (Akashic Books). He is author, with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press.) His weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
If offshore drilling is required for our economic well-being—a questionable enough proposition given the inherent risks—it is a cause that will be set back dramatically by the current disaster.
The attempted Times Square bombing is a reminder that the defense budgets for high-tech warfare are beside the point in countering terrorists who turn firecrackers into bombs.
It was the Perry Mason moment in the unraveling of what was left of Goldman Sachs' reputation.
The story of the financial debacle will end the way it began, with the super-hustlers from Goldman Sachs at the center of the action and profiting wildly.
Judge them by their enemies. More evidence that Barack Obama might be shaping up as a good president is that Norman Podhoretz hates him so much.
There aren't too many genuine heroes to come out of the banking disaster, but Armando Falcon is one of them--and had he been listened to, a significant part of the housing crisis could have been mitigated.
At last, a believable sighting of that peace president many of us thought we had elected. Give Barack Obama credit, big time, for the startling progress he has made in tempering the threat of nuclear annihilation.
Republicans sure know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick?
If you think healthcare reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government's ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street.
What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing.