Bush's bad credit rating

by Ellen Ratner -- What's wrong with this administration's policy regarding Iran? A few right-wingers cheered President Bush's recent saber rattler that "all options were on the table" regarding a response to more…

The pusillanimous president

by Ellen Ratner -- The latest flap within the Bush administration illustrates better than nothing else what has gone wrong with our war in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently understated more…

Immigration complexities and hypocrisies

by Ellen Ratner -- A friend's recent story highlights the complexities – and the hypocrisies – of the immigration issue now being argued on American streets and the halls of Congress. My more…

Iraqis step up, or America steps out

by Ellen Ratner -- I have some good news and some bad news – depending on your point of view – for you, my readers. For the next several weeks, this space more…

It's all about the trust, Stupid

by Ellen Ratner -- Few commentators have hit on the real reason why the public – and a rather impressive bipartisan political coalition – almost instantly congealed to protest President Bush's politically more…

Salute the Flag, cash the check

by Ellen Ratner -- Most conservatives I know resent liberal criticisms of the War on Terror. They claim that unlike President Bush, liberals refuse to "stand tall" and "tough it out." Democrats more…

Karma and Dogma on evesdropping

by Ellen Ratner -- The other day I was driving around Washington, D.C., trying to make sense of the news that Congresswoman Heather Wilson, R-N.M., had issued a statement questioning the Bush more…

T-shirts in the Capitol

by Ellen Ratner -- The day after the State of the Union speech, the newspapers and TV news shows were filled with the stories of the arrest of Cindy Sheehan wearing an more…

Keep the aid flowing

by Ellen Ratner -- With Hamas' decisive win in Palestine last week, the racket of celebratory gunfire and cheers coming from Gaza was matched by only by the wailing and weeping coming more…

Uncle Sam vs. Google

by Ellen Ratner -- "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Letter to the governor of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania more…