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Obama's Weak Congress

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

I fear a Congress that, while not so much parasitic, is so fearful of being attached to any of Obama's failures that it misses every opportunity to be a part of his successes.

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Military Commissions: Government Flounders, As Admiral Hutson Nails Problems

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

A legal quagmire that lacks legitimacy and maintains key policies of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" is almost too awful to contemplate.

Mike McConnell: An American Spymaster on Cyberwar

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

One of America's top spymasters, Mike McConnell, spoke with me recently at his office outside Washington.

North Korea: A Test for Progressives

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

North Korea poses a special test for progressives because unlike the invasion of Iraq, this time the United State is meeting the criteria previously posed by progressives.

Headed for Cross-Strait Reconciliation?

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

Pragmatists can also be progressive. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is a case-in-point.

Planes, Guns and Terrorists

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Should suspected terrorists be blocked from buying guns before they commit a violent crime? The gun lobby apparently doesn't think so.

The Iron Triangle

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The problem was not simply gaps or "lack of balance" in the reportage, but the utter lack of a larger context: some hint that military planners are accountable to more than themselves.

Jason Linkins

Public Registers Stronger Support For White House Foreign Policy Than Domestic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Greg Sargent takes stock in another round of opinion polling and discovers that the public, in general, is more approving of the Obama administration'...

Republicans: "We Abandon the Troops"

Scott Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Payne

No one ever went broke betting on the hypocrisy of congressional Republicans.

What Does an Extremist Look Like?

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

Is an extremist tall, short, young, old, thin, fat? Would you know if the person standing next to you was about to pull out a gun and shoot? Scary ...

Think Again: Sotomayor and SCOTUS: Captured on a Carousel of Time

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

The debate over Sotomayor's "priorities" has shed next to no light on the nominee views or decisions, but has proven awfully revealing about the state of conservatives' collective neuroses.

World Does Not End as Gitmo Detainee Finally Brought to Face Justice

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

With the transfer to American soil of Ahmed Ghailani, the Obama administration is doing something the Bush administration virtually failed to do for years: bring a dangerous terrorist to justice.

Progressive Security and Conserving Rights

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There is no reason for the Democrats to allow themselves to be painted again as the party that is weak on defense, an image that will haunt them when the next terrorist attack hits.

Mitt Romney's First Campaign Speech Against Obama

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Romney's cynical speech today showed the extent to which the GOP sees America as the righteous redeemer, one that only needs to increase defense spending in order to save the rest of the globe.

U.S. Intelligence -- or the Lack Thereof -- on North Korea

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

How is it -- given a skyful of satellites and legions of human spies -- that we were surprised by North Korea's missile launch? Why is it that we know so little about this country?

Obama and Cheney: Dueling in Different Universes

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

When people become polarized, there is no common ground from which to build a common future.

Like Stephen Douglas, Cheney on the Wrong Side of History

Alexi Giannoulias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alexi Giannoulias

As an Illinoisan, I was struck by how the side-by-side speeches of Barack Obama and Dick Cheney this past Thursday paralleled those of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates 150 years ago.

Former Senior Interrogator in Iraq Dissects Cheney's Lies and Distortions

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Alexander

Our greatest success in this conflict was achieved without torture or abuse. My interrogation team found Abu Musab Al Zarqawi using relationship-building approaches and non-coercive law enforcement techniques.

Barack Obama is the LeBron James of the Democratic Party

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

Political gains that are heavily dependent on a single personality are easy to reverse. Bush was the most popular man for a year after 9/11. When his stock fell, so did that of the his Party.

Transferring Some Guantanamo Detainees to the U.S. Will Actually Make America Safer

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Why take the "chance" by bringing additional Guantanamo detainees to our shores? Because it is essential to our national security that we close it down -- and this step is necessary to make that happen.

Obama and Cheney Don't Play Safe in Battle Over Security...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

The Obama-Cheney faceoff was gladiator vs. gladiator, a war of its own for the soul of national security policy and the judgment of history.

A Dangerous Day for War On Terror

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

Today was not a great day for the war on terror. Hearing these two dueling speeches by the President and former Vice President did not advance our g...

Learn How to Beat Dick Cheney!

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Powers

While we might have put the Republicans on the ropes, they are preparing to swing back. That is why Cheney is attempting to go back on the offensive by giving his speech today.

Jason Linkins

Obama Vs. Cheney: How The Pundits Called The Fight | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Well, we hope everyone enjoyed today's foreign policy showdown! Because that's what it was, apparently! At least that's what the media's been saying...