Tim Pawlenty’s Neoconservative Spring

By |June 28th, 2011|

It's like the ghost of George W. Bush, but with smoother segues. ...and so it begins: Now is not the time to retreat from freedom's rise. [...] Yet at the same time, we know these revolutions can bring to power forces that are neither democratic nor forward-looking. Just as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, [...]

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Lara Logan Breaks ‘Code of Silence’

By |April 29th, 2011|

From Brian Stelter: Her experience in Cairo underscored the fact that female journalists often face a different kind of violence. While other forms of physical violence affecting journalists are widely covered "“ the traumatic brain injury 'suffered by the ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff in Iraq in 2006 was a front-page story at that time [...]

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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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Obama Speaks to Nation on Libya Tonight

By |March 28th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Pres. Obama was forced political to speak tonight. It's the last thing he wanted to do. His Saturday address gives you the foundation on where he's likely to begin tonight. What he won't say is that without sustained military efforts the Libyan "rebels," the make up of which we haven't a clue, won't last. [...]

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Rationalizing Libya

By |March 27th, 2011|

"It was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest and it was an interest for all of the reasons Secretary Clinton talked about. The engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake"... Defense Secretary: Libya [...]

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Peter Beinert’s Right, It’s The End Of An Empire

By |March 25th, 2011|

Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most agree that it's profoundly unnatural that we were pushed into it by"¦ France. Welcome to the post-American world. In the age we're entering, most of the time, the choice will no longer be between humanitarian interventions controlled by the United States and humanitarian interventions [...]

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Israeli – Palestinian Tensions Rise, as Film Tries to Personalize Conflict

By |March 25th, 2011|

"Is this the face of a terrorist?" asks the American poster for Julian Schnabel's new film, Miral, about a young Palestinian woman of the same name. Dressed as a schoolgirl, looking ten years younger than her actual age of 26, Freida Pinto stares back, the sullenness in her eyes a residue of shouldering the twin [...]

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Rachel Maddow Did Her Best But…

By |March 22nd, 2011|

Sarkozy's stamp on the conflict has been unmistakable. Cable news in the U.S. on Monday featured the celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, an unexpected Sarkozy ally, barking praise for the French president at a CNN anchor and elated Libyan opposition fighters shouting, "Merci, Sarkozy." And Sarkozy was indeed a central force in goading the world to [...]

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Obama and Hillary, the Ongoing Saga

By |March 17th, 2011|

An article circulating today has one kernel of truth, though I can't vouch for the rest of it. It revisits Pres. Obama's performance last weekend from the Gridiron dinner. Great marketing stunt from Murdoch's minions over at The Daily. In "Oh, Hill No" comes this bit of stand-up from Pres. Obama, which refers to Clinton's [...]

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Trivial Pursuits in Times of Peril

By |March 15th, 2011|

"For my Dad, America was the land of opportunity, where the circumstances of birth are no barrier to achieving one's dreams," Romney said in a high-profile New Hampshire speech earlier this month. He added: "The spirit of enterprise, innovation, pioneering and derring-do propelled our standard of living and economy past every other nation on earth. [...]

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