Skip to content

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

** FILE ** This July 4, 2008 file photo shows fireworks as they burst in the night sky of Bullard, Texas as part of its Independence Day celebration.  (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, FILE) A program that offers free cab rides home to people in the Washington region who have been drinking too much around certain holidays has been salvaged for Independence Day.

FIELDS: Good reasons to light a firecracker

Not so long ago, most Americans regarded the Fourth of July as "Independence Day" and called it that, celebrating liberty and freedom, prizing independence above all. For the graduates of high school and college, their "Independence Day" marks the breaking away from parents, of moving toward responsibility. For many of us, it's a celebration mixed with more than a little concern. Where will this new independence take the young? What kind of adults will they become? Have we "done good" by them? Published July 1, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS
Tourists pause near the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, where the infamous iron sign reading "Work Sets You Free" was stolen before dawn on Friday.

FIELDS: Scapegoating Israel

Moral indignation and human outrage are writ large in the Holocaust memorials growing ubiquitous throughout Europe. How could such things happen? The question numbs the senses, but it doesn't go away no matter how many times the question is asked. Published June 24, 2010

FIELDS: The human face on history

The sun shines brightly on an unusually warm day for early June. Men, women and children in T-shirts of black, red and gold, the national colors, celebrate the German national soccer team, playing for the World Cup in South Africa. Published June 16, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gov. George Wallace carries out his promise to stand in the doorway to prevent integration at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala., on June 11, 1963. At right, Nicholas Katzenbach, deputy attorney general of the United States, listens intently to Mr. Wallace. At Mr. Katzenbach's right is U.S. Marshal Peyton Norville.

FIELDS: Fear the intellectual

The super-intelligent often aren't very smart. Only yesterday, to be called an "intellectual' was a compliment. But intellectuals no longer carry much weight in politics, in cultural salons, book clubs or the wider world of ideas. Like professors whose faculty-lounge infighting is so vicious because the stakes are so small, intellectuals are often noisy because they have nothing to say. Published June 9, 2010

Illustration: Mideast by Nancy Ohanian

FIELDS: With friends like these …

If Israel won't do it, who will? The Israelis understand that friends, even old friends like the United States, are nice - but nice is never enough. The Europeans, who were saved by outsiders from an evil a lot like radical Islam twice in the previous century, are the last people on Earth the Israelis can depend on. And who knows what this American president would do for anybody when crunch comes to crunch? No, if the Israelis are interested in survival, they'll have to do it. Published June 2, 2010

With friends like these …

If Israel won't do it, who will? The Israelis understand that friends, even old friends like the United States, are nice - but nice is never enough. The Europeans, who were saved by outsiders from an evil a lot like radical Islam twice in the previous century, are the last people on Earth the Israelis can depend on. And who knows what this American president would do for anybody when crunch comes to crunch? No, if the Israelis are interested in survival, they'll have to do it. Published June 2, 2010

FIELDS: Turning against Israel

Iran is just short of becoming a nuclear power, and nearly every nation on earth is worried. Israel worries most of all. Nuclear weapons will afford Iran the means to deliver on its threat to "wipe Israel off the map," as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad so cheerfully puts it. Children throughout the Middle East already study maps with a hole in them where Israel used to be. Some are tempted to dismiss Mr. Ahmadinejad as a blowhard and a clown, but he's a credible and loud voice to the millions of angry Muslims surrounding the only democracy in the Middle East. Published May 26, 2010

FIELDS: Tea for the Tambourine Man

The pundits, wonks and wannabes are busy debating what this week's primary elections mean. Newt Gingrich says Barack Obama has only "a 20 percent chance" of re-election two years hence (and he wants to be the reason why). Punditry and wonkery are great fun, and occasionally get things right, but a man named Jonathan Kahn actually represents something new for conservatives to sing about. He's on his way to becoming an authentic hip-pop culture hero. Published May 20, 2010

Tea for the Tambourine Man

The pundits, wonks and wannabes are busy debating what this week's primary elections mean. Newt Gingrich says Barack Obama has only "a 20 percent chance" of re-election two years hence (and he wants to be the reason why). Punditry and wonkery are great fun, and occasionally get things right, but a man named Jonathan Kahn actually represents something new for conservatives to sing about. He's on his way to becoming an authentic hip-pop culture hero. Published May 19, 2010

Researching good and evil

The idea of good and evil, out of fashion for awhile, is back. In the pop-culture game of what's "in" and what's "out," you could say morality is in, moral relativism is out. Published May 13, 2010

FIELDS: Confiscating freedom

We're grateful for plain old cops. What a relief that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who could be mistaken for Inspector Clouseau, was not in charge of the search for the Times Square bomber. The mayor, he told NBC News, was looking for "a homegrown," someone protesting health care reform legislation. Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, was looking into "a man-caused disaster," not terrorism, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was on the scout for someone to listen to his Miranda rights. Published May 7, 2010

FIELDS: An antidote to foreign policy charade

Pedestrians in Washington have to be a patient lot. The Nuclear Security Summit was a big deal for President Obama and the visiting heads of state, but for everyone else, it was only an opportunity to watch diplomats speeding down the avenues in big black rented limousines, trying to look important. They were in Washington to talk about ways to put nuclear weapons under lock and key, but it's hard to find anyone who thinks it was anything more than big talk. Published April 15, 2010

FIELDS: Toward a new capitalism

Among the angels who rebelled against God and followed Lucifer in Milton's "Paradise Lost," Mammon is the most Published April 8, 2010

FIELDS: Pass the gefilte fish

You scream, I scream, and even Dolley Madison screamed for ice cream, serving it at the White House for the first time. Vanilla, of course, and she got the attention of voters with a sweet tooth. Rutherford B. Hayes banned liquor at the White House, trying to encourage Republicans to temperance, so his wife, Lucy, served lemonade. She became known as "Lemonade Lucy," and this embarrassed his secretary of state, accustomed to entertaining diplomats. He boasted after one official dinner that "the water flowed like champagne." Published April 2, 2010

FIELDS: Profiles in politics

A certain Washington dinner party - most of the guests were conservatives - dissolved in raucous laughter the other night when the host asked me what to make of what's going on in the nation's capital. "Cynicism reigns unchallenged," I said. Published March 25, 2010

FIELDS: Deeply negative signals

Joe Biden was late for a very important date in Jerusalem. He had been invited to dinner with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but he was delayed by a long telephone call from Washington. He would have to deliver an American rebuke to the announcement that Israel would build 1,600 new houses for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. The timing of the announcement was boorish and insensitive. Dinner got cold, and so did the reception for Vice President Biden, who dutifully showed anger. Published March 18, 2010

FIELDS: The right stuff of life

On the night gold dust fell on the stars in Hollywood, millions of men and women were putting their lives on the line in Iraq merely by casting a vote. Hollywood nervously measured the size of the television audience for its Academy Awards ceremony while a different statistic was measured in Iraq, where 62 percent of the eligible voters demonstrated courage at the polls. Published March 11, 2010

FIELDS: A movie to make us proud

Everyone gets to be a movie critic in the days leading up to the award of the Oscars, betting favorites to win, place or show. Down the home stretch, "Avatar" and "Hurt Locker" battle it out to the finish line. What delicious irony that the "jockeys" were once married to each other. James Cameron, director of "Avatar," and Kathryn Bigelow, director of "Hurt Locker," have untied the marital knot, but their talents remain locked tightly together. Published March 5, 2010

FIELDS: Beyond the statistics

Richard Nixon declared a War on Cancer in his 1971 State of the Union address. Pres -ident Obama devoted one sentence to our investment in promising innovative research in cancer. He mentioned the potential solar treatment that can kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched. Nixon may have employed a met -aphor of "over -kill" in fighting a terrible disease, but Mr. Obama slighted the subject, despite earlier statements about wanting "a cure for cancer in our time." Published February 25, 2010

FIELDS: Leaving home and hearth for battle

Some of our women in the military are new American heroines, having served with both sacrifice and distinction. We owe them all a debt we can never fully repay. But some of them are victims of military bureaucrats and high-ranking policymakers who are blind to the values of our culture and deaf to the ancient call of history. Published February 17, 2010