Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Obama passes the Syrian buck

President Truman famously said the buck stops at the White House. President Obama has shown how to share the buck with Congress. He confounded his Congressional foes when he asked them if they wish to go to war with Syria. A military attack is war, and absent self-defense, it cannot today be carried on without […]

Column: Internet’s foggy future

The Internet is “under threat from a number of directions.” So concluded a 27-member independent task force of the Council on Foreign Relations. A cover letter dated July 18, 2013, from the task force chairs John D. Negroponte and Samuel J. Palmisano referred to task force recommendations “that the United States and its partners work […]

Column: What is it about August?

On the first day of this month in 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, which had sided with Serbia after the assassination by a Serb on June 28 of the heir-presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. On the third of August, Germany declared war on France. Eventually 32 nations were involved in World War I. We […]