Falkland Islanders Vote to Stay British, Now There’s a Shock!

By |March 12th, 2013|

This was a hatchet job. Make no mistake about it. A British Overseas Territory, full of British citizens, votes to remain under Britain's umbrella of sovereignty. The result would have pleased even the most despotic of dictators; 1513 of the 1517 voters who bothered to show up decided Britain was a more attractive proposition than [...]

Pres. Obama’s Deficit Debacle, National Security, and Warmaking

By |August 3rd, 2011|

I've been reading a lot about the Pentagon's possible budget hit, with analysis all over the map. What this proves conclusively is that no one knows what will happen. That's the real rub in Obama's debt ceiling debacle. No one can possibly know the specifics in outlying years. There are too many unknown unknowables, to [...]

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Let’s Play ‘Who’s More Pro-Israel?’

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Let's see, Gaza or gossip, which shall it be? For almost every news outlet this week it was the latter, while the former is where the action is. From James Zogby writing over at Huffington Post: When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or [...]

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Israel Drops Threats Against Journalists Covering Gaza Flotilla

By |June 27th, 2011|

If there was anything dumber for the Israeli government to do I don't know what it could have been. Threatening journalists who are covering the Gaza flotilla backfired, as it should. Netanyahu said in a statement that the policy for journalists covering the flotilla should not be the same as against infiltrators and those who [...]

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Hillary Clinton & McConnell Illustrate the Worst Side of Foreign Policy Politics

By |June 24th, 2011|

When Sec. Clinton was first chosen for her job at State some were skeptical she'd have Pres. Obama's back when it was needed. There was never a doubt in my mind, however, that she would not only be a team player, but one of Pres. Obama's strongest advocates. It's who she is, because she knows [...]

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New York Times: Pakistan Arrests CIA Bin Laden Informants

By |June 15th, 2011|

With friends like these... Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan's detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army [...]

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Testosterone, Weinergate, Women and Leadership

By |June 13th, 2011|

"We inject less libido... We don't necessarily inject our own egos..." - Christiane Lagrande, French Foreign Minister (possible IMF replacement for Strauss-Kahn) Foreign policy studies find that when women are included in a nation's national dialogue that country has not only a better chance of stability, but it's the only way developing nations can thrive. [...]

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Phillippe Reines, Clinton’s Champion

By |June 13th, 2011|

"Patti fired me," Reines recalled, adding with a smirk, "I just sort of ignored it, like George Costanza. I was in the office the next day at 7 a.m." He said that Clinton had known about the profile before it ran and that she decided to keep him on. "Ultimately, the organization was and is [...]

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Daniel Levy on Assad Brutality, Israel and Preferred Devils

By |June 8th, 2011|

Daniel Levy wrote a very important post for Foreign Policy yesterday, After Golan clashes, is Israel rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) file? Here's a snippet: [...] And Israel is none-too-enamored of the alternatives in Damascus. One alternative to the Assad regime -- a democratic Syria with greater soft power diplomatic heft and perhaps with Islamists [...]

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Ryan Lizza: Obama is a ‘Consequentialist’

By |April 26th, 2011|

One reaction among liberals to the Bush years and to Iraq was to retreat from "idealism" toward "realism," in which the United States would act cautiously and, above all, according to national interests rather than moral imperatives. The debate is rooted in the country's early history. America, John Quincy Adams argued, "does not go abroad [...]

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