Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of eight books on American politics and culture.

An Administration Adrift on Denial — Great essays tell big truths. A deeply reported piece in next month's Atlantic magazine does precisely that, and in a way devastating to the Obama administration's thinking on ISIS. "What ISIS Really Wants," by contributing editor Graeme Wood, is going to change the debate. (It ought to become a book.)

An Honest Reporter, and His Antithesis — I was at dinner at the home of a friend, a journalist, when the phone rang. I heard her say, "Oh no, no," and saw her face: Something terrible had happened, not to her personally but in the world. She got off and told us that Bob Simon, the CBS News correspondent, had died.

Women can improve their odds against heart disease — Worried about cancer? Many women are. It's true that cancer kills a lot of women - four out of every 10 women who die between ages 45 and 64 die of cancer - but there's a bigger threat. "Heart disease is the No.

Recrimination Is Not a Plan — Everything's frozen. When you ask, "What is the appropriate U.S. response to ISIS?" half the people in Washington answer: "George W. Bush broke Iraq and ISIS was born in the rubble. There would be no ISIS if it weren't for him." The other half answer: "When Barack Obama withdrew from Iraq, ISIS was born in the vacuum.

America’s Strategy Deficit — Something is going on here. On Tuesday retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command (2010-13) told the Senate Armed Services Committee of his unhappiness at the current conduct of U.S. foreign policy. He said the U.S. is not "adapting to changed circumstances" in the Mideast and must "come out now from our reactive crouch."

Politics in the Modest Age — "I'm just plain Mr. Truman now, a private citizen." So said an overwhelmed Harry S. Truman to a boisterous, affectionate crowd that surprised him as he ventured to a private home in Washington for a farewell lunch soon after his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, was sworn in as president of the United States.

A Republic of Disrespect — It's odd in Washington now. There's a lot of claiming of authority and no taking of responsibility. The president gave his State of the Union address, and of course the TV ratings were bad-Nielsen put viewership at 31.7 million, the lowest since Bill Clinton's last State of the Union, in 2000, when America had 38 million fewer people.

Don’t Do It, Mr. Romney — Hershey, Pa. A conversation with a Republican governor who is a possible presidential aspirant: I told him I'd been thinking about something and wanted his response. You can argue that a governor is a better presidential nominee than a senator because governors, unlike lawmakers, have to do something and can be judged by their performance, which is measurable.

It's Pirate Time for the GOP — It's official. Congress is now less popular than cockroaches and colonoscopies, though more popular than the ebola virus and gonorrhea. Really. The numbers came, this week, from a Public Policy Polling survey. The House and Senate have an approval rating of 9%. GOP governors are the party's most esteemed leaders, but they're not in Washington.

Salman Rushdie, Meet Charlie Hebdo — It was a sunny Tuesday in London, Valentine's Day 1989. The phone rang in the novelist's home. It was a BBC reporter. At first he was irritated: She didn't even bother to tell him how she'd gotten his private number. "How does it feel," she asked, "to know that you have just been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini?"
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Feb 21, 2015

Each Obama speech comes across as an attempt to make up for the previous speech’s mistakes in tone and substance.

Feb 21, 2015

ISIS isn’t the only terrorist group, Obama says, Christians have committed their own sins. . . . It’s all so evasive.

Feb 20, 2015

Obama cannot even name the ISIS threat forthrightly, and that is a criticism not of semantics but of his thinking.

Feb 20, 2015

ISIS's mystique can be damaged if it loses its grip on the territory it holds.

Feb 19, 2015

ISIS isn't about a job. They have a job: waging jihad.

Feb 19, 2015

“What ISIS Really Wants,” by Atlantic contributor @gcaw, is going to change the debate. It ought to become a book.

Feb 19, 2015

An Administration Adrift on Denial: Why won't the president think clearly about the nature of the Islamic State?

Feb 15, 2015

America is hungry for authenticity and honesty and fiercely resents its absence from places where it should be.

Feb 13, 2015

No one is safe anymore. Status is no longer a buffer. Technology makes scandal faster and more completely devastating

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