Foreign policy writing is not meant to be passionate. Perhaps for just that reason, in foreign affairs big personalities can look even bigger, and passion is spoken of in code phrases like "political will." Richard Holbrooke was one of those big personalities.
Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would bring immense confidence in the capitals of America's allies around the world, and great enthusiasm from veterans and military families throughout America who know him well, and trust him greatly.
"While the last several centuries did involve a struggle for global domination, and the last 20 years saw a brief moment in which America was globally supreme, we are now entering a phase in which no power is likely to be truly supreme."
What has been the root of the U.S'. inability to develop a sustainable strategy on Iran for the last 30 years? Dr. Abbas Milani, author of The Shah, and the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford answers.
The anti-Muslim vitriol emanating from American cultural conservatives and right-wing Christians about Park51 is quite interesting when compared to the deep-seated love of Islamic jihad they felt just decades ago.
During this summer of fouled marshlands, the issue of Iran has receded quietly into the shadows. Obama might soon find himself longing for the days when his biggest problem was plugging a "damn hole" on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Because the two-state solution is morally and practically unworkable, the one-state solution is the only outcome that satisfies basic American values of freedom of speech, race-blindness, and equality under the law.
The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.
The White House released the list of those attending the State Dinner honoring India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But it's not just India's night -- there are a lot of folks that could push other agendas in Obama Land.