John A. Farrell


June 2010


In Afghanistan, a Troop Withdrawal Deadline Is Good Policy

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Conservative op-ed columnists have taken the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as an opportunity to repeat, once again, their demand that the United States make an open-ended commitment to the use of American ground troops in Afghanistan.

[Check out editorial cartoons about the Afghan War.]

If the ...

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TAGS:
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
McChrystal, Stanley
Iraq
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Democratic Party
Karzai, Hamid
Taliban

Mitch Daniels in 2012--Much Better Than Palin, Paul, and Angle

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Several months before Paul Tsongas announced that he was going to run for president in 1992, I grabbed a meal with him and with several other political reporters. This was nine years after Tsongas had announced he had lymphoma, and three years ...

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TAGS:
Daniels, Mitch
Palin, Sarah
Paul, Rand
Angle, Sharron
Congress
2012 presidential election
Dukakis, Michael
Bush, George H.W.
Clinton, Bill

Ranking the Political Polls for the 2010 Elections

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The liberal and conservative bloggers here at Thomas Jefferson St. throw a lot of poll numbers at you in the course of the year. Predictably, we cherry pick the numbers we like, and flaunt them. I don't really know why--I guess to rally the ...

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TAGS:
polls
Rasmussen Report
Palin, Sarah
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party

Israel Flotilla Attack Strains U.S. Relations

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

There are times when nations make big mistakes, and there are other times when, confronted with golden opportunity, countries just fritter it away. The Bush administration had its test, in that moment when all Americans were united after the ...

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TAGS:
Israel
Palestine
Hamas
Iraq
al-Qaida in Iraq
Iran
Afghanistan
Hezbollah
9/11
Gaza
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.

Romanoff, Sestak Job Offer "Bribes" Are Not Scandals

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

You're a hotshot Wall Street trader, the best cowboy on the ranch, a power-hitting third baseman, or the fastest checkout clerk at the local supermarket. Word gets around. Somebody offers you a better job, a nicer shift, a richer contract, more ...

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TAGS:
Sestak, Joe
Bennet, Michael
Pennsylvania
Colorado
Obama, Barack
White House
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Kirk, Mark
Blumenthal, Richard
Romanoff, Andrew

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