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David Bromwich

Mountaintop Diplomacy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has demonstrated tact and sensitivity in some areas, most notably when it comes to dealing with the U.S. Congress -- both Republicans and Democrats in his own party. Why should things be any different when it comes to foreign leaders?

After 9/11: The Stories We Tell and the Stories We Don't

David Bromwich | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

Since 2003, we have been a country famous for not merely the occasional war, dedicated to the destruction of an enemy by air power (as in Vietnam) or by a proxy army on the ground (as in Nicaragua). We are also the world's innovator of preventive wars, "wars of choice" against selected target countries such as Iraq or Libya. Our leaders in both parties have consented to a state of things in which the fame of the United States is tested and must be proved by continuous engagement in multiple wars. And if not wars, then widely distributed black-ops killings, in faraway places where the United States is said to have vital interests. Those killings now come under the official description counter-terrorism, which is a way of saying: terrorism by the right people.

A Presidency of Decline

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The president's inability to get much of significance done, no matter the topic, has become legendary. In this, he may be the perfect symbol of our age.

What's Still Missing From the Gun Control Debate

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Certain kinds of "speech" don't deserve First Amendment protection because the "speakers" aren't the flesh-and-blood citizens -- and not even associations of free flesh-and-blood citizens -- that the amendment was designed to protect.

David Bromwich on the "Disappointment in Obama" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

David Bromwich, the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, reads Barack Obama like a book -- as if he were a book, that is. With the novelist Zadie S...

Bromwich Channels Edmund Burke: "America is out of itself" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure.

Barack Obama's Oslo Speech: A Caption-Summary With Excerpts

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Bromwich

In explaining his interpretation of a prize for peace, Barack Obama made the broadest defense he has yet offered of American military action throughout the world.

David Bromwich Weighs In On Obama And Afghanistan

Radio Open Source | Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

David Bromwich seems to me better yet at Obama-watching than at press criticism. He can write with penetration of Barack Obama as an American almost-l...

Arianna Discusses Obama's Afghanistan Decision On Charlie Rose (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on Charlie Rose to discuss President Obama's forthcoming decision on US troop levels in Afghanistan. Joining Arianna were Yale English Professor David Bromwich, Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, Politico Editor-In-Chief John Harris, and New Yorker Senior Editor Hendrik Hertzberg.

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David Bromwich On Obama: Looking At Words Closely

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

It's a measure of the change in the discourse that David Bromwich now keeps a sort of Times Watch in the Huffington Post, the New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books.

Is Obama's Health Care Maelstrom the Birth of Millennial Politics?

Maegan Carberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maegan Carberry

Obama introduced us to a new kind of politics. Veterans of the old guard aren't sure how to handle it while the emerging young leaders who built it haven't established enough clout to reinforce it.

Calumnity and the Wages of Ignorance

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

"Calumny: a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something." Hand it to John McCain. Had he not cynically ...

This Week in Magazines: What's at Stake in the Election, Atlantic's Redesign and The New Yorker's Brainiacs

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

What's really at stake in Tuesday's election? Many usual suspects are opining in the cable universe, so for a cerebral alternative there's "A Fateful Election" in the Nov. 6 New York Review of Books.