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To treat or not to treat: Zmapp and the Ebola outbreak

Furthermore, it’s unethical to provide contradicting bits of information: to first allege that there are no more doses of the drug available, and then a week later turn around and provide that which we had all along. It is wholly unfair of Westerners to decide for West African governments through the control of information whether and when the drug should be made available.

Politics aside, please

Like all tragedies associated with war, the recent evidence suggesting mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals has led to veterans’ deaths is appalling. However, what it is not is political. Or, at least it shouldn’t be.

Niall Ferguson: A new grand strategy for America

It was very unfortunate that President Obama said in January that he didn’t need a George Kennan, because almost immediately it became clear that he did. He and his advisors did not read Putin right and they got themselves into a very weak position. I think most strikingly, an international agreement to uphold the sovereignty of the Ukraine from the 1990s was violated with no military downside, only financial. The annexation of Crimea has been achieved by Russia at tolerable cost. So what one has to recognize is that this is a pretty bad precedent, but I think it’s part of an ongoing process of American strategic failure that goes back to Syria and maybe back to the Arab Spring’s outbreak. Although Crimea doesn’t look like it’s of enormous importance to the United States as we sit here in Stanford, it’s important because it signals that, as in Syria, you can use military force in defiance of the United States and get away with it

Recess Appointments and Presidential Authority

Despite the importance of recess appointments to the functioning of the federal government, the text of the Constitution itself provides little elaboration on the scope of the recess-appointments power, stating simply that “[t]he President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”

Wanted: A Foreign Policy

A decade ago, as the initial campaign of “shock and awe” in Iraq drew to a close and Afghanistan prepared for its first post-invasion elections, President George W. Bush used a speech at the National Endowment for Democracy to lay out a radical new American foreign policy. He announced that “the United States has adopted…a…