The cost of war in Syria: What I’m reading, March 12, 2016 (updated)

Updated for Hillary Clinton’s apology.


If there was a right thing that could have been done, it wasn’t.

Associated Press, “A look at the cost of 5 years of conflict in Syria,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 12, 2016,

Hillary Clinton

For some, Clinton’s apology for claiming that the Reagans started a national conversation on AIDS is not enough. Thousands of people died while Nancy Reagan focused on her “just say no” campaign against drugs. Meanwhile, bell hooks, who might not be so well known outside academic, literary, and critical theory circles, but is huge within them, has come out in opposition to Clinton.

Amy Chozick, “Hillary Clinton Lauds Reagans on AIDS. A Backlash Erupts,” New York Times, March 11, 2016,

Jack Mirkinson, “Hillary Clinton’s insulting AIDS revisionism: Why her praise of the Reagans feels like such a slap in the face,” Salon, March 11, 2016,

Michael Specter, “Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and AIDS,” New Yorker, March 11, 2016,

Kimberley A. Strassel, “Hillary’s Other Server Scandal,” Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2016,

Dan Zak, “On drugs, Nancy Reagan just said no. On AIDS, she said nothing,” Washington Post, March 11, 2016,

Associated Press, “Hillary Clinton apologizes for praising Nancy Reagan’s nonexistent AIDS activism,” Chicago Tribune, March 12, 2016,

chrisgeary2016 [pseud.], “bell hooks, black feminist, can no longer be a Hillary supporter,” Daily Kos, March 12, 2016,


President Barack Obama is in fantasy land.

Darlene Superville, “In debate over encryption, Obama says ‘dangers are real,'” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 12, 2016,

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