Occupation 101: Professor A. Sharon

by Ellen Ratner -- Last June, I traveled the 12-hour journey by car from Jordan to Baghdad and back. Shortly after crossing into Jordan on the return leg, we stopped at a more…

Mind the gap

by Ellen Ratner -- The Bush administration is flirting with a credibility gap that may threaten its survival. A new CBS poll reveals that seven out of 10 Americans believe the Bush more…

Pass the buck, please

by Ellen Ratner -- Harry Truman (a Democrat, by the way) had a sign on his desk as a constant reminder that the president of the United States is ultimately accountable. It more…

Leadership by focus group

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush's response after a day of worldwide protest of the Iraqi war last year was that the protests had no effect on him because he doesn't lead more…

Doomed demagogue

by Ellen Ratner -- George Bush ran in 2000 as the Compassionate Conservative. His simple, hometown, earthy, plain-speaking message was a sharp contrast to Al Gore's smarty-pants polish. Roughly half of America more…

Indecent policy

by Ellen Ratner -- Once again, the government in this country is taking advantage of an isolated incident to radicalize policy, roll back civil liberties and stimulate their core constituencies. Janet Jackson's more…

Recipe for disaster, part 2

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote that the Bush administration was sending the message to the thugs seeking to overthrow President Aristide of Haiti to "Keep it up boys. It's more…

Recipe for disaster

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush has stated his vision for the world is democracy. He says, "Freedom is God's gift to man," and that freedom is the best defense against terrorism. more…

George Bush plays defense

by Ellen Ratner -- The White House has dug a hole and seems intent to keep digging as it attempts to defend the president's service record in the Texas and /or Alabama more…

The political season

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush spent the better part of an hour explaining his reasons for going to war on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning. This was an unprecedented use of more…