Why Nations Fail
In his new book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu looks at why some nations prosper and why some fail. He concludes that it depends on whether institutions are pluralistic and inclusive or extractive and autocratic.
Peter Beinart urges Democrats to publicly acknowledge that they were wrong on the surge.
Max Boot says the presence of active bases in Iraq would allow the United States to project power and influence in the region.