Jeff Jacoby

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."

Posted February 25, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, attending a meeting of the National Governors Association, was asked by two Washington Post reporters whether President Obama is a Christian. "I don't know," Walker candidly replied.

Posted February 04, 2015

Four months after Ukraines president traveled to Washington to plead for lethal military aid in its fight against Russian-sponsored violence and treachery, the US government is finally taking his entreaty seriously.

Posted February 02, 2015

Unless you've spent the last few weeks in solitary meditation on a remote island, you couldn't miss the wave of media stories breathlessly proclaiming that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history.

Posted January 28, 2015

ON JAN. 9, the government of Saudi Arabia publicly whipped a liberal Muslim writer, Raif Badawi, flogging him 50 times outside a mosque in Jeddah.

Posted January 25, 2015

The morning after President Obama's State of the Union address, Politico had a story on how Republicans had responded to one contentious issue. The headline: "Priebus struggles to explain GOP immigration messages."

Posted January 19, 2015

THE FINAL words of his final speech, delivered from the pulpit of the Mason Temple Church of God in Memphis on April 3, 1968, eerily foreshadowed the next day's catastrophe.

Posted January 16, 2015

LAST WEEK Deval Patrick shed the title he had worn for eight years. This week he donned the first of what will doubtless be a batch of new titles: The commonwealth's former governor announced plans to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a "visiting innovation fellow" at the school's Innovation Initiative.

Posted January 14, 2015

Even before last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, the French prime minister was concerned about the continued viability of Jewish life in France.

Posted January 11, 2015

NEXT WEEK, President Obama will be on Capitol Hill, appearing before a joint session of Congress for the annual ritual known as the State of the Union address.

Posted January 08, 2015

NORTH KOREA isn't very funny, and the ghastly Kim Jong Un is no joke. All the more reason not to discount humor the caustic humor of mockery, satire, and farce as a weapon against the totalitarian regime in Pyongyang.

Posted January 05, 2015

The temptation to play the race card is one that President Obama and his surrogates have too often found irresistible.