Why Israelis Fear Arab Democracy

There is no doubt that the upheaval in Egypt has badly shaken Israel, as well as shaking the strongest American backers of Israeli policies. At first glance this may seem logical because of the importance to Israel of the peace with Egypt, which has endured for more than three decades. At second glance a worry about maintaining the peace with Egypt is not so logical.

A Serious Man: the Return of Donald Rumsfeld

[amazon 159523067X full]Donald Rumsfeld is a serious man. The cover of his engrossing, informative, and well-written memoir shows the former two-time defense secretary and fighter pilot wearing a fleece vest, brown shirt open at the neck, and blue jeans. He is casual but confident, at peace with himself, leaning against a wooden fence with mountains faintly in the background, presumably at his Jackson Hole retreat. He could be a wealthy business executive enjoying his retirement about to go horseback riding on his ranch.

Meanwhile, Back at the Hindu Kush

Highly salient happenings such as the turmoil in Egypt have a way of distracting attention from even very important and costly endeavors elsewhere. The distraction occurs in public discourse and also—because the time and attention of our leaders always is in short supply—in policymaking circles in government.

The AOL-Huffington Post Merger

Arianna Huffington is now officially one of the biggest media stars in America. AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post for $315 million ratifies her importance. It's an amazing feat for a woman who began on the right side of the political ledger, ended up on the left, and has created a major media organization almost singlehandedly.