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Entries by Steve Clemons from 01/2009

Bill Richardson Withdraws Commerce Bid -- Time to Call Leo Hindery

| Posted 01.04.2009 | Politics

Leo Hindery, who was an economic advisor to the Obama campaign and authored the interesting book It Takes a CEO, is a real stand out who the Obama team should consider for Commerce.

The Leon E. Panetta Central Intelligence Agency. . .?

| Posted 01.05.2009 | Politics

I've always found it a bit amusing that he serves on the Board of Directors of the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute which hosts the Leon Panetta Lecture Series and which also is home to the Leon E. Panetta Archive.

Joe Biden's CODEL to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Working All the Angles. . .Like He Should!

| Posted 01.06.2009 | Politics

Biden's bipartisan trip of national security heavyweights in the US Senate is an important step in reestablishing some trust and common purpose in US foreign policy across party lines.

Defending Condi: Olmert Shames Himself in Kick-in-the-Teeth Attack on Rice

| Posted 01.12.2009 | Politics

Olmert's statements certainly send a signal to many in the incoming Obama administration that while there are convergent American and Israeli interests -- friendship and trust are eroding.

Nice Not to Hear Norm Coleman at Hillary Clinton Hearing

| Posted 01.14.2009 | Politics

My first reaction listening to the just one-notch-short-of-a-love-fest hearing was that Norm Coleman's absence has made a huge difference.

Coleman's Office Closed -- Burris Office Opens

| Posted 01.14.2009 | Politics

Senator Norm Coleman's (R-MN) office is now closed. But Senator Roland Burris' office is painted and has his name on the wall. (website still on i...

Teaching Transformational Diplomacy and Making "Democracy" a Good Word Again

| Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

Ever since Bush launched a crusade to democratize parts of the world by force, sometimes with sanctions and sometimes guns, I have struggled with the question of how to get "tranformational diplomacy" right.

Obama's Military Blind Spot?

| Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

Obama would be wise to read up on Eisenhower, on Nixon, on Edmund Burke and others -- and realize that military answers to problems are leading the US to greater calamity, global irrelevance, and impotence.

Hillary Clinton On Cuba Questions: I Give Her a "C+"

| Posted 01.16.2009 | Politics

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) submitted quite a number of written questions (pdf here) to Hillary Clinton t...

Norman Lear's Patriotism: Born Again American

| Posted 01.18.2009 | Politics

I owe Norman Lear for helping me shed some of the more severe and less humanistic parts of my approach to DC and what we are all trying to achieve here.

Obama and Ted Kennedy See Plans Foiled as Caroline Withdraws?

| Posted 01.23.2009 | Politics

Caroline Kennedy may yet be a factor in American politics. Obama would love it for his own reasons -- and so would the powerful political franchise that Ted Kennedy helped build.

Obama's Team Stumbling Into Afghanistan Trap

| Posted 01.26.2009 | Politics

Throwing more troops into the mess in Afghanistan is the kind of mistake that the previous administration would make. Obama needs to show that he has learned something of those mistakes.

Al-Arabiya's Game Changing Interview with Barack Obama: A New Punctuation Point in US Foreign Policy

| Posted 01.27.2009 | Politics

Obama's interview has provided a new punctuation point in American foreign policy, and it is not "continuous" foreign policy at all. This is a new game and a very impressive new leader.

No Economic Team of Rivals On Obama Staff: Rubin's Manic Neoliberals Dominate

| Posted 01.28.2009 | Business

Obama and Rahm Emanuel have hired a group of people who are going to make the rich stay rich -- and who are not designed to really change things for the middle class or the struggling lower end.