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Robert Wright

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Perspective, Please

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 5:56 PM

A few days after 9/11, I was talking to an op-ed page editor at a major newspaper, pitching a piece I wanted to write. The piece was going to stress the importance of controlling the spread of weapons of mass destruction. I was going to argue that, horrific as 9/11...

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The Trouble with the New Atheists: Part II

(129) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 1:07 PM

Last week in this space I posted an attack on the "new atheists" that got me--predictably, I guess--attacked by new atheists.

My complaint wasn't the usual complaint about them (that they're counterproductively arrogant or zealous), but rather that they exert a right-wing influence on foreign policy. By depicting...

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Why the "New Atheists" are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy

(1473) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 9:58 AM

It must strike progressive atheists as a stroke of bad luck that Christopher Hitchens, leading atheist spokesperson, happens to have hawkish views on foreign policy. After all, with atheists an overwhelmingly left-wing group, what were the chances that the loudest infidel in the western world would happen to be on...

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The Bible's Vindication of Obama's Middle East Strategy

(1024) Comments | Posted June 8, 2009 | 1:17 PM

Some West Bank settlers think Barack Obama is defying God's will. Obama wants to stop the growth of the settlements, whereas (according to these settlers) God wants the people of Israel to populate all of the promised land; it says so in the Bible.

I have a different take...

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The Real Roots of Suicide Bombing

(141) Comments | Posted June 22, 2007 | 11:14 AM

What ever happened to former New York Times reporter and alleged neocon sympathizer Judith Miller? She's just resurfaced and is aiding and abetting the left!

At least, that's my reading of her recent research on suicide bombing, as laid out in an interview she just did for my video web...

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Israel's Strategic Blunder

(90) Comments | Posted July 16, 2006 | 2:54 PM

Steve Clemons makes several good points in this HuffPo post about the ongoing unravelling of the Middle East, but I want to focus on something he says near the end: According to one of his sources, Israeli leaders are "freaked out" by the quality of recent attacks against Israel,...

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