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Democrats: Masters of Self-Delusion

Published 12.03.2013
Democrats are masters of illusion -- especially self-delusion. Their abject performance over the past few decades has shorn them of identity and conviction. They have lost on every front against a Republican opponent that has abandoned the...

Hagel: What Difference Will He Make?

Published 14.01.2013
The Secretary of Defense has dual responsibilities: security policy-maker, and manager of a vast organization. The two obviously intersect -- but each has its own dynamics and its own politics. Saliency of the issues at the top of the agenda...

The Next President's Endless War Project

Published 02.11.2012
The long campaign of 2011-12 is straggling toward the finish line. Without Sandy's impetus it may not have made it -- or so it seems to the jaded. In this torrent of words, an innocent observer might assume that all the momentous issues facing...

The Foreign Policy Debate -- Did We Learn Anything?

Published 23.10.2012
What did we learn from the presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising -- for three reasons. These debates are more about self-presentation than...

Picturing a Real Foreign Policy Debate

Published 15.10.2012
Presidential election debates rarely clarify substantive policy differences between the candidates. On those occasions when that does happen, the insights characteristically are downplayed or ignored by the media -- as occurred last week....

Ryan, Rand and 'Altruism'

Published 27.08.2012
Ayn Rand -- of  Fountainhead  /  Atlas Shrugged  fame -- hasn't been in the news since one of her prize disciples, Alan Greenspan, proclaimed her as the inspiration for a way of thinking that brought the world financial system to wrack and ruin....

Romney's World View

Published 06.08.2012
Mitt Romney's  provocative remarks  in Jerusalem this week on Palestine and Iran have focused attention on how he thinks about American foreign policy generally. Beyond the immediate controversy, there is fresh reason to puzzle as to who exactly...

Miracles and Myths -- Opiate of the Afghanistan Hawks

Published 27.07.2010
Revelations of the incompetence and deceit that have marked our Afghan adventure appeared just as the foreign affairs cognoscenti were bandying about the latest big question: Can General David Petraeus repeat his Iraqi miracle? The formulation...

The Spy Who Bored Me

Published 12.07.2010
The "Comatose Sleeper Cell" mystery shows us that the ability of the country's security services to waste resources is matched only by the media's ability to dramatize trivial material. The only surprise is that the exchange did not take place...

The Fourth Estate Indeed!

Published 08.07.2010
War is the enemy of democracy. A protracted war is its nemesis. That means not only undermining civil liberties but an erosion of the honest discourse that is the essence of democracy. A truthful press is the first casualty. The press'...

Clueless in Gaza

Published 15.06.2010
Two weeks have passed since the Gaza flotilla was assaulted. The reflexive, near instant reaction of the Obama White House was to give strong, blanket support to the Israeli government. Some hoped that reflection would produce a more thoughtful...

Admiral Blair Walks the Plank

Published 24.05.2010
Without first hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the turf battles within the intelligence establishment, there is no way to interpret what the stakes were or to anticipate the practical implications of Admiral Blair's firing. So one must make...

Ready to Rumble in the Middle East?

Published 18.05.2010
Sun Tzu, the much quoted Chinese military strategist, stressed the value of knowing your enemy. A broader diplomatic formulation is: know your enemy, know your allies, know everyone in the field of action -- including yourself. Washington, like...

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes?

Published 28.04.2010
Strikes against al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan's FATA and in Iraq are said to have damaged severely its leadership ranks. There is talk in Washington of this being a turning-point in the campaign to cripple the organization. Caution about reaching...

Torture, Honor and Obama

Published 25.08.2009
Torture is back in the news (good) -- along with renditions (bad) and assorted assassination units (worse). Let's concentrate on what looks positive. The Inspector General of the Justice Department has issued a report recommending that cases...