Jeff Jacoby

Posted May 21, 2015

EVERYONE HAD a field day with Jeb Bush's mishandling of the Iraq question Megyn Kelly posed during a TV interview last week: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?"

Posted May 17, 2015

Section 215 of the Patriot Act will not survive another month.

Posted May 17, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life is a meager compensation for the murder of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, and Sean Collier. But it is the highest price he can be made to pay under our system of justice, and a jury of his peers has unanimously recommended that he pay it.

Posted May 14, 2015

When the University of Massachusetts agreed in 2010 to acquire the Southern New England School of Law, there were skeptics aplenty. The decision to take over the small private institution and transform it into a state-run facility, rechristened the UMass School of Law, was disparaged by critics who said the merger was unnecessary, unrealistic, and unwise.

Posted May 10, 2015

When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the field, the results are usually heartbreaking for the people they leave behind.

Posted May 08, 2015

Republican Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president this week, making her the second woman to join the 2016 race the other, of course, being Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Posted May 04, 2015

Baltimore burns, shops are looted, rioters attack firefighters with bottles and bricks.

Posted April 29, 2015

Immigration Restrictionists often claim that there are no "jobs Americans won't do," if only US borders would be secured against economic migrants who are willing to work hard for low pay and few benefits.

Posted April 26, 2015

Naloxone isnt magic, but its power to rescue a heroin user from the brink of death can certainly seem miraculous. The anti-overdose drug, also known by the brand name Narcan, is easy to administer and has saved thousands of lives.

Posted April 22, 2015

THE PENALTY phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is underway, and federal prosecutors have been getting some well-publicized advice about the penalty they should seek for the Boston Marathon terrorist.

Posted April 20, 2015

Who trusts Iran? Most Americans don't.

Posted March 29, 2015

It took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel's election day warning that Arab voters were "heading to the polls in droves...but even after four and a half years, there has been no apology from Barack Obama for his inflammatory remarks just before the 2010 election, when he exhorted Latinos to generate an "upsurge in voting" in order to "punish our enemies and . . . reward our friends."

Posted March 26, 2015

IT'S REMARKABLE what five centuries can do for a guy's reputation.

Posted March 22, 2015

That experience of a collective Election Day is one that voters in the United States used to take for granted. No longer.

Posted March 19, 2015

FOR A NATION that almost never puts murderers to death there were 14,196 homicides in 2013, but only 39 executions Americans spend an awful lot of time debating whether and how to do it.

Posted March 15, 2015

What does Massachusetts have against the First Amendment?

Posted March 11, 2015

AS A card-carrying American exceptionalist, I don't share the presumption that a US policy should be changed just because it puts America at odds with the prevailing world view.

Posted March 08, 2015

When the French transit company Keolis landed an eight-year contract in January 2014 to operate commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the deal was hailed by T general manager Beverly Scott for its stringent "no-excuses expectation that the operator will run the trains on time."

Posted March 04, 2015

"I'm afraid Putin will kill me," Boris Nemtsov told a Russian website on February 10.

Posted March 01, 2015

Charlie Rose wasn't sure he'd heard right. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, his guest on PBS, was lamenting that the controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's forthcoming speech to Congress had "injected a degree of partisanship" into the traditionally bipartisan US-Israel relationship. That's not only "unfortunate," said Rice. "It's destructive of the fabric of the relationship."