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James Baker

Jeb Has Fallen Into the Trap. It's Not About What You Know Now, It's About Who You Are

David Paul | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Jeb Bush finally got his answer right. Bowing to the political correctness of the moment, the aspiring President Bush III fell into line and spoke the magic words. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have launched an invasion of Iraq.

Sheldon Adelson or James Baker? Who Should Drive GOP Foreign Policy?

David Paul | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the state of affairs in the Republican Party today more than the estrangement of James Baker from the Republican establishment. Nothing because, for what seems like decades, James Baker was the Republican establishment.

Hillary Clinton's Safe Bet on Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It would be easy to chock up Hillary's maneuver as politics during the beginning of her presidential campaign and call it day. But there's something more to it than that.

John Boehner Reveals His Absolute Ignorance About the Middle East

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Unblinking, blind support for Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be the one issue best able to excite the Republican base.

Is Cruz a Brainy Reactionary or Just ‘Right' for Evangelical GOP? Or Both?

Mark Green | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie & Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX or poison. And has Baker's break with Bibi created a problem for "Bush45"?

Samantha Lachman

James Baker Recalls An Israeli Prime Minister More Difficult Than Netanyahu

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State James Baker said Monday he remains "cautiously optimistic" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

Samantha Lachman

Like Father, Like Son? James Baker, Who Was Tough On Israel Under George H.W. Bush, Will Now Advise Jeb

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- James Baker denies that he ever said "F*** the Jews, they didn't vote for us" while discussing the low share of the Jewish vote that for...

Obama Makes Some Progress In His Passage To India Before the Big Kowtow in Saudi

William Bradley | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.

Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

ISIS is a bipartisan cause. This president needs and deserves help. Before the congressional mid-terms, time to bring in seasoned, mature reinforcements to help President Obama do the job he pledged the American people he would do without U.S. boots on the ground: destroy and defeat ISIS.

Bush/Cheney Created Conditions That Led Directly to ISIL

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The War did more than any propagandist could possibly do to radicalize vulnerable young people. And by setting off wave after wave of sectarian slaughter it created blood feuds that will never be forgiven. And now many of the same people who caused this foreign policy disaster have the audacity to criticize President Obama's measured efforts to clean up the mess they created.

John Kerry Hosts Rare Reunion Of Secretaries Of State

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry warned Wednesday against creeping American isolationism, making the case that U.S. global leadership...

Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Rarely do a man, moment, mission and election come together as perfectly as the opportunity for Bill Clinton to save the Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.

Kerry Should Avoid Overstating What Syria Attacks Can Achieve

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is easy to overstate what a mission, even if undertaken for the noblest and most honest of reasons, can achieve.

It's Just the Beginning

James Zogby | Posted 09.19.2013 | World
James Zogby

Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.

Time For Some American Shock and Awe in Syria

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The clamor among the hawkish segment of Washington lawmakers to get the United States involved militarily in Syria gets louder by the day.

Former Secretaries Of State Will Lead Delegation To Thatcher Funeral

AP | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has asked former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James A. Baker III to lead a delegation to former British...

Christina Wilkie

Debt Lobbying Group Has Major Conflicts of Interest

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to fix the national debt opened a new front this week, when a group of retired foreign policy...

Powell: There Is a 'Bias' Against Diplomats in Washington

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicholas Kralev

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says many in Washington -- his fellow Republicans in particular -- are biased against diplomats, because of a wrong perception that diplomats are indecisive and want to compromise at all cost.

Select Few Advise Romney On Key Issue

AP | KASIE HUNT | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney mitigates his lack of formal foreign policy experience with advice from people who do &ndash...

Robert Zoellick: "Getting Stuff Done" at the World Bank and Beyond

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Last Friday was Robert B. Zoellick's last day as president of the World Bank Group. While he may leave many legacies behind, perhaps one that stands out is embodied in his commencement address for RAND Graduate School: "Getting Stuff Done."

The Texas Politics (and Tennis) Tour

Jake Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jake Silverstein

If you are planning a trip to Texas, consider stopping at these seven places where defining political moments happened.

Live from Sundance 2011: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

Kyl Stops START -- A Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

You know Senator Kyl -- he is out to kill START 'Cause the GOP thinks it would be really smart For Obama to lose once again. No success for the Pres! ...

Time for Obama to Throw a Hard Left

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

On Saturday, the president answered a question regarding Republican intransigence on ratification of the START Treaty by rambling on and never delivering a punch. "God," I thought, "is he really going to continue down this path?"

You Can't 'Smile Israel Into Peace'

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Barrett

The solution to the Middle East is so simple that only talking heads and heads of state can muck it up. It goes like this: Follow the rules. That's it.