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John Kerry: The Accident-Prone Accidental SecState

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It did not take John Kerry nary a fortnight after being appointed the accidental secretary of state to flatly declare he would accomplish the impossib...

President Obama's Hiroshima Apology

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Comedy
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

As you may have heard, we've got an election coming up back home. My apologizing for the A-bomb would be like tossing a kitten to a pack of hyenas. Plus Hillary would have to outflank me to the right.

Why the Right Wing Is Angry That We Blocked War With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb has been a key goal of Ploughshares Fund and many other security experts for decades. To suggest otherwise -- as David Samuels did -- is absurd.

The Ben Rhodes I Know...

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Dr. Rajiv Shah

The Ben Rhodes I know is a thoughtful and an experienced leader who spends more time figuring out how to elevate the people around him than himself. He is among a small handful of individuals who were hand-selected by President Obama to serve in his White House.

The Price of Journalism

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 05.19.2016 | Media
Adrian Margaret Brune

The state of journalism today is the responsibility of the news corporations, capricious media owners and fluctuating editors-in-chief who decided 15 some odd years ago that the media would give the people the "content" they wanted and not the information they needed.

House GOP Demands Testimony From White House Aide On Iran Deal

The Hill | Marina Fang | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

House Republicans are pressing top White House adviser Ben Rhodes to testify on Capitol Hill following controversial comments he made about the Obama ...

Is the Obama NSC as Realistic About the World as It Is About the Media?

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2016 | Media
William Bradley

While Rhodes raises largely valuable points about the grave deficiencies of the current news media and long-term foreign policy establishment, what he doesn't address is the lack of preparedness on the part of the administration in dealing with a chaotic world it may be making even more chaotic.

Journalists Dispute Claim They Helped Sell White House Iran Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.10.2016 | Media

NEW YORK — Two prominent foreign policy journalists are pushing back at The New York Times Magazine for what they described as a “defamatory” ch...

Obama's Syrian Fire House Is On Fire

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I just returned a few days ago from yet another painful visit to the Middle East. The heat of Islamist terror is felt everywhere. The Syrian civil w...

Barack Obama Meets Neville Chamberlain and Joseph Stalin? Unsettling Parallels With The Infamous Munich Agreement of 1938 and Its Aftermath

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

President Obama has made America's worst strategic blunder by empowering the anti-American regime in Iran, acquiescing in its burgeoning hegemonic role in the Middle East, while legitimating its status as a nuclear threshold power.

Sam Stein

Top Obama Adviser: The President Didn't Change, ISIS Did | Sam Stein | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he embarks on a new, more aggressive approach to confront the rise of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama is being hit from all...

White House Deputy: ISIS Execution Of James Foley Was 'Terrorist Attack'

The Huffington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

Ben Rhodes, the White House's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting, said that journalist James Foley's execut...

Senate Follies Almost Derail Confirmation Of New U.S. Ambassador To Russia

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

In the midst of major political turmoil, fiery rhetoric, sanctions, violence in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Americ...

The Politics of Benghazi

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Benghazi has turned into an investigation about talking points. It has become a political rallying cry for Republicans, who see it as the gift that will keep on giving all the way to November 2016, while overlooking similar such incidents under Republican presidents.

White House 'Disappointed' Saudi Arabia Denied Entry To American Journalist

Michael Calderone | Posted 05.25.2014 | Media
Michael Calderone

White House disappointed with Saudi Arabia barring American journalist from Obama's visit.

Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text....

Deja Vu-doo: The Fuse of Iran?

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Call me crazy. Call me dumb. But I get uncomfortable when I read articles talking about a president wanting to run on national security, particularly when there doesn't seem to be any credible, sustained national security risk on the horizon.

What Is Obama's Message for Tahrir Square?

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Jonathan Guyer

Last night, I attended the White House's State of the Union "tweet up," a gathering of a couple hundred new media addicts at the Eisenhower Executive ...

White House Webinar: Students Ask Questions On Osama Bin Laden

Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

Teachers and students are invited to join the White House for a webinar Thursday, May 5 at 1 p.m. EST, hosted by Discovery Education. Ben Rhodes, dep...

Obama Moved at Warp Speed on Libya

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

While President Obama has been criticized by many on the political left and right for moving too slowly in reacting to Libya, there is simply no truth to the notion that he dragged his heels in orchestrating action there. The decisions made by the White House on Libya, whether one liked or disliked those decisions, happened at an incredible rate. Obama has changed the dynamics of response to potential and real mass human tragedy.

Is Netanyahu a "Bomber Boy"?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Both Obama and Netanyahu would be wise to think through ways to halt the dysfunctional, paranoiac escalation between Iran and Israel.

White House Correspondents Dinner: Obama Can Also Be His Own Comedian

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

Beyond all of the indulgence of VIP lists, select tables, black tie and gown, meet and greet stuff at this gathering is that there were real moments of serious policy and political discussion that were not trivial.

Communications Corruption at White House

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many White House correspondents want to write Obama books. But the kind of books that sell need "inside access" -- and this is something that the communications team doles out minimally.

Family Ties: Obama Speechwriter And Fox News Exec Are Brothers

Broadcasting & Cable | Marisa Guthrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Relations between Sen. Barack Obama and Fox News Channel haven't exactly been warm since the Illinois Democrat began his presidential campaign. A yea...