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Charles Koch Likes Hillary Clinton: What Does It Mean?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

What does this interview mean for Hillary Clinton? If the Republican Party truly is heading for a crack-up this summer over Donald Trump, Charles Koch will not be alone among prominent Republicans in opening up a dialogue with Hillary Clinton.

The Republican Collapse

Jesse Larner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.

Donald Trump Embodies How Great Republics Meet Their End

Financial Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics

What is one to make of the rise of Donald Trump? It is natural to think of comparisons with populist demagogues past and present....

Friday Talking Points -- Unintelligible Yelling

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marco Rubio played the part of a yappy little attack dog all night long, but only really landed one good blow on Trump (when he turned the "you repeat things" attack back on him) for all his heartfelt effort.

Punched Bloody by a Hand We Think Is Invisible, We See Only Trump and Fox. But There's Worse

Jim Sleeper | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

While apocalyptic religious and racist ranting can provoke emotionally disturbed people, so can journalism and entertainment that massage hatreds too diffuse to be called racist, religious or ideological.

The Real Winners (and Losers) in America's New War Against ISIL

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

How sweet it must be for the war profiteers to see the U.S. treasury tapped yet again so they can profit from blowing up weapons and Humvees that ISIL now controls that they already profited from when they were first sold off and given to the Iraqi military.

Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

William Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.

Obama Cautious on War, But Successor Won't Be

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

President Obama's decision to send 300 military advisors to bolster a panicked Iraqi army in full retreat from Islamic jihadists will hardly quell the...

Neocons Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Failed Iraq War Predictions and Damages to Our Country

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If there can be an argument made that neoconservative rhetoric directly led to the downward spiral of American and Iraqi lives, as well as the decline of our country, then a court somewhere in the U.S. should look into a criminal case.

What to Do About Robert Kagan?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Kagan is apparently now viewed as a man of decision and literate expositor of necessary action who frontally challenges the U.S. president over the direction of America's international relations.

The Kurd Is the Word

Francis Levy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

The New York Times reported on Robert Kagan's New Republic piece, "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire" (5/26/14), ("Events in Iraq Open Door for Interven...

Iraq and the Neocons: The Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Neocons and elite media personalities who got everything wrong on Iraq now darken my TV screen telling me to ignore the invasion, the eight-year occupation, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, "mushroom clouds" becoming "smoking guns," the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and everything else, and pretend the war started with General David Petraeus's miraculous "surge" where everything was wonderful in Iraq until the "dove" Obama pulled the plug. It's a nice narrative if your goal is partisan advantage, but like so much else we've heard from policy elites regarding Iraq, it has nothing to do with reality.

A Foreign-Policy Problem No One Talks About

Jim Sleeper | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Instead of acknowledging their deepest feelings openly, or even to themselves, the writers I've mentioned who've brought so much folly and destruction upon their republic, are doubling down, more nervous and desperate than ever, looking for someone else to blame.

A Commentator Lost in Washington's House of Columns

Jim Sleeper | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

There are indeed times when liberals must fight to defend liberalism, sometimes to defeat enemies who've arisen, as did fascism and much of Communism, from within the interstices and contradictions of liberal capitalism itself. But Leon Wieseltier lives for those times.

Are Americans Feeling More Isolationist?

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Whatever one's judgment, Americans appear to have concluded that a foreign-policy reorientation is in order; in this case, however, reorientation doesn't equal retrenchment.

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.

Benghazi Blues: Massive Conspiracy or Hack Politics and Dumb PR?

William Bradley | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
William Bradley

Obama poses an excellent question: Why put together a spin program that will fall apart in a few days? For that is exactly what happened.

Over There Matters Over Here

Christopher Holshek | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Americans are at one of the most significant crossroads in their history. If we're still the leader of the world, or still want to be, then we as a nation need to act like more like a leader and less like a bully because, quite frankly, we can't get away with it anymore.

The Reality of American Power: Why Robert Kagan Is Wrong

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Leon T. Hadar

'You are not sick' is the kind of reassuring message that Robert Kagan is sending to the nation's foreign policy hypochondriacs aka 'declinists' in his new book, contending that America is in tip-top military and economic health and ready to take care of the rest of the world.

What is America's Story for the 21st Century?

John Milewski | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

When we ask ourselves why we are committing military might in Libya (or Afghanistan, or Iraq), we're really asking bigger questions. What is our purpose in the world? What is the story that defines our friends and our foes?

National Security Experts vs. Forces of Delay

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty should be a no-brainer: it's a renewal of a treaty originally negotiated by Ronald Reagan and it will make America safer.

Brookings Loses Bid on Orszag but Takes Kagan From Carnegie

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Word has just reached us that Robert Kagan -- one of the top tier serious intellectuals among neoconservatives, and currently Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -- is moving his franchise over to Brookings.

Victory in Iraq at Last (Not!)

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Would the Bush administration have been able to win support from Congress and the American people to invade Iraq in order to liberate the Shiites and the Sunnis there while considering the costs of such a "victory?"

Counter-Factual History: McCain Is President and Bono Wins the Nobel Prize

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

"I have to admit that I'm beginning to miss George W. Bush," is the way former Republican Senator "Chuck" Hagel responded when being asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer to assess the foreign policy record of the administration of Republican President John McCain.

The Night Of The Living Neocons: Salon

Salon | Gary Kamiya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Like Rasputin, the unhinged "Mad Monk" whom they sometimes seem to have adopted as an intellectual role model, the neoconservatives who brought us the...