Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Putin Takes to the Grey Lady

In the film Manhattan , a character at a cocktail party mentions a "devastating satirical piece on the op-ed page of the Times. " To which Woody Allen responds, "Whoa, whoa. A satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point of it." In the international battle over Syria, it seems that while Obama sides with our neurotic-intellectual-in-chief, Russian president Vladimir Putin sides with The New York Times opinion section. A sidenote: Putin has a real affinity for publishing opinion pieces in the United States when expensive gifts of booze have failed to work their magic on White House officials. To wit, his former contributions to The Huffington Post . He ends his devastating criticism of U.S. foreign policy in today's Grey Lady by saying, "My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree...

Daily Meme: Falling Down the Foreign-Policy Rabbit Hole

In the immortal words of Shep Smith, " politics is weird. And creepy ." And the past two weeks in American foreign policy have been especially bonkers for the way our plan forward in Syria has taken a chutes and ladders path to where it is now. Last night, Obama gave a speech answering many of the critics of his airstrike plan : "Many of you have asked: Won’t this put us on a slippery slope to another war? One man wrote to me that we are still recovering from our involvement in Iraq. A veteran put it more bluntly: This nation is sick and tired of war. My answer is simple. I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective: deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading Assad’s capabilities." Unsurprisingly, his words didn't lead to a ceasefire with said critics, although Andrew Sullivan...

Daily Meme: Do We Want to Live in Post-9/11 America Anymore?

With the war on terror over, at least on paper if not in practice , and Hizzoner Bloomberg's never-ending reign over City Hall coasting to a close, we seem to be finally asking ourselves, do we want to live in a post-9/11 world anymore? In the New York City mayoral race—which reaches its climax with today's Democratic primary—the backdrop isn't tomorrow's anniversary, but Bloombergism and the niggling thought of what New York would be if a mayoral primary was, as assumed beforehand, the big local story of September 11, 2001. Peter Kaplan described New York's millennial prehistory as a time when "Sincerity, purpose, emotion were déclassé. Incomes and real-estate prices climbed ceaselessly and so did exhibitionism, steeped in wealth, full of avarice without apology. Needless to say, it was also somewhat of a gas." The merits of such a New York are up for debate, but it's hard to argue that Bloomberg's legacy doesn't include a return to that New York, with one crucial modifier—it all...

Daily Meme: Casting the Cats and Sexts Aside for a Trip to the Polls

The circus is done, and New York voters are set to choose their nominees for the New York City mayoral election. Anthony Weiner thinks his chances of winning are good. The polls tend to disagree . Emphatically . Whatever, guys. He's got this . De Blasio is miles ahead of the competition at this point , winning the support of women, blacks, whites, Catholics, Jews, old, young, and all five boroughs. Even if he doesn't cross the 40 percent threshold necessary to stave off a runoff, he'd still be likely to emerge victorious. Christine Quinn had auspicious Clinton 2008-esque beginnings, but is now trailing in third place. Apparently, dead mayors do not good endorsements make. On the sidelines, John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota are still arguing about cats . Not only does Catsimatidis accuse Lhota of having "no heart," but he's certain his “ love factor with the minorities " will be his ticket to victory. “They all give me hugs.” Meanwhile, the city's antiquarian voting machines are getting...

Daily Meme: The Stupidest Things Said on Syria This Week

It's been quite a week for talking about Syria, which means that politicians and pundits have taken advantage, as they always do, of the ample opportunity to say the wrong thing. Senator John McCain gets a special award for saying so many conflicting and confusing things about his position on the airstrikes and the resolution that would authorize them that Congress will consider next week. However, McCain did get to earn back some brownie points after slamming the remarks of someone prone to far stupider statements than him, Brian Kilmeade . The Fox News host expressed reticence to support rebels yelling "Allahu Akbar." To which the senator was like (and we paraphrase), Yeah, shut up. New York Representative Michael Grim supported the airstrike earlier this week. And then he didn't. And then he decided it would be a good idea to try and fundraise off of his opposition to Obama. Several legislators have seized the opportunity to try and bring back their favorite topic, impeachment! Too...

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