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The Politics of War: Substance Rules Over Spin

(31) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 3:18 PM

Yes, Governor Sarah Palin defied expectations in last night's debate. She was a peppy, prepared, presenter who may fool some people into thinking a vice president is supposed to be a snappy, citizen-politician. And fortunately for the McCain camp, there were no Katie Couric moments. But last night was also...

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The Politics of War: McCain's Disastrous "Diplomacy Doctrine"

(37) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 11:43 AM

The McCain campaign has certainly been clear about what diplomacy would look like in a McCain-Palin administration. Either you are in McCain's club of friendly nations or you are not. It is not much different than President Bush's failed diplomacy in the run-up to the Iraq war. "Either you are...

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Governor Palin Goes to the United Nations

(88) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 12:24 PM

Governor Sarah Palin is headed to New York for a dose of international politics. She may meet some foreign leaders, and she is set to speak at an anti-Iran rally outside the United Nations complex. But what would happen if she were to ask for a briefing from former Republican...

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The Politics of War: Neo Con Attacks on Biden "Reek of Desperation"

(90) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 2:52 PM

Perhaps it was a coincidence, but in the last week, three separate stories emerged suggesting that the Democrat's vice presidential candidate, Senator Joe Biden, was soft on Iran and not a solid supporter of Israel. My guess is this was no accident. I'll bet Republicans and neo-conservatives are following their...

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Senator Biden is the Right Man at the Right Time

(194) Comments | Posted August 23, 2008 | 1:15 PM

Senator Joe Biden's foreign policy experience and wisdom are unmatched in American politics. There is no one in Congress who has been around as long, who understands the international realities better, or whose judgment has proven sounder than Joe Biden's.

Having worked with him for five years and...

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The Politics of War: McCain's Reaction to the Crisis in the Caucasus

(132) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 1:49 PM

If last week's Georgia crisis showed anything, it is that John McCain should not be president. There is a Cabinet post for which he is well-qualified: that's Secretary of War. Too bad it's been abolished.

Seriously, look at McCain's reaction to the crisis in the Caucasus. It was crystal...

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The Politics of War: Treating Russia Like China, and McCain's Petulance

(177) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 5:11 PM

Over the weekend, Georgia rather than Iraq seemed set to become the dominant foreign policy issue of the 2008 election. The McCain camp sounded as if they were hoping so. On the surface, they had a point. McCain's proposal to eject Russia from the Group of 8 (G-8) looked wild...

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Talking with Our Enemies: McCain Should Admit The Truth and Stop Attacking the Messenger

(142) Comments | Posted May 16, 2008 | 7:54 PM

There they go again. The old John McCain would just admit he changed his position and move on. But the new John McCain campaign is incapable of that. Instead, they are reverting to an attack on the messenger.

The question and answer I released yesterday was a full...

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Bush and Blair's Revealing and Depressing Conversation

(87) Comments | Posted July 18, 2006 | 1:40 PM

St. Petersburg -- It was one of those rare moments in international diplomacy. President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair were overheard having a private conversation about the Middle East. Although the comments have now been widely reported, few have pointed out how revealing the exchange is regarding the...

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The View from an American in London

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2005 | 1:25 PM

Having always heard about the British behavior during the German bombing of London, the so-called “blitz,” I wondered what would happen today after news broke of the four bombs in the London subway and buses. Sure enough, there was no panic. There was even some stoic humor from the thousands...

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