Jeff Jacoby

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.

Posted January 02, 2015

In a Christmas Day update to his email list and Facebook followers, Governor-elect Charlie Bakertouched all the right notes: gratitude to Massachusetts voters who elected him, admiration for "the ideas and the genuine commitment" he encounters in his travels across the commonwealth, sobriety regarding the gaping hole in the state budget ("the only outstanding question is how big it will be"), and optimism about the "smart, experienced, and unabashed" individuals who have agreed to join his new administration.

Posted December 21, 2014

AFTER FIVE YEARS in a Cuban dungeon, American aid contractor Alan Gross was finally freed Wednesday, his release part of a deal to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Posted December 14, 2014

Journalists, says Jorge Ramos, shouldn't make a fetish of accuracy and impartiality.

Posted December 08, 2014

It has always made Americans uncomfortable to think of their nation as the world's policeman.

Posted December 04, 2014

'THE LOUDER he talked of his honor," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1860, "the faster we counted our spoons." As a resident of Massachusetts, Emerson knew better than to take at face value anything public officials say about their own rectitude. That was a prudent attitude a century and a half ago. It's just as prudent now.

Posted November 30, 2014

In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in three.

Posted November 29, 2014

Patrick, the Commonwealth's 71st chief executive, will be succeeded in January by Charlie Baker, and by tradition each incoming governor chooses the portrait of a predecessor to hang in the corner office.

Posted November 23, 2014

BY THE THOUSANDS they streamed to Yanuh-Jat, Israelis of every description making their way on Wednesday to the remote northern Galilee district, where a fallen hero was to be buried with full honors.