NOTE TO RAHM EMANUEL: JUST SAY NO. . .WE DON’T NEED A ‘ZELL MILLER LITE’ STRATEGY

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As some of my readers know, I used to be a wannabe Politburo watcher and specialist on Soviet strategy and weapons systems. There are some times when I wish the late Andrei Gromyko, former Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs and Politburo member, was around to give lessons in just saying “No.” He is remembered semi-fondly by historians as “Mr. Nyet.” Some of our leading Democratic voices, Rahm Emanuel the latest, seem to have to dissemble every time the subject of…

YOUR THOUGHTS ON BUILDING A NEW MOVEMENT FOCUSED ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

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I just wanted to write a quick note of thanks to all who e-mailed me privately or offered public comments on TWN regarding strategy, focus, and opportunities for collaboration as we try and build a new foreign policy vehicle in Washington. I will be commenting on some of what I have learned from all of you, mixed with my and my colleague’s views before long. But for now, thanks to those of you who offered very sober and constructive advice…

HUMOR TO HELP WITH THE INAUGURATION: A REPUBLICAN DICTIONARY

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This admittedly partisan email (below) about a new Republican Dictionary is making its way around the internet, and has apparently been leaked by some staff at The Nation. Here is reference to an early part of the project. A Republican friend of mine who used to work for Newt assures me that what he calls “Rotundians” (or Republicans with a sense of humor) will chuckle at this. Those who aren’t Rotundians will probably get me listed on a public enemy…

BOXER PRODS CONDI WITH PETER BERGEN’S LUCID ANALYSIS

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During Condoleeza Rice’s confirmation hearings yesterday, Barbara Boxer relied on some thoughts penned by my colleague and friend, Peter Bergen. Here is the testimony, and I have put in bold Peter’s material: BOXER: Now, since 9/11, we’ve been engaged in a just fight against terror. And I, like Senator Feingold and everyone here who was in the Senate at the time, voted to go after Osama bin Laden and to go after the Taliban and to defeat Al Qaida. defeat…

NOTE TO LTC TIM RYAN: WE HEAR YOU BUT WHAT ARE YOU REALLY SAYING?

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LTC Tim Ryan feels strongly that the press is missing much of the story in Iraq, particularly the good stuff and happy news. He got a piece published yesterday in the World Tribune. This paragraph from his article reads like something out of Platoon or Apocalypse Now: From where I sit in Iraq, things are not all bad right now. In fact, they are going quite well. We are not under attack by the enemy; on the contrary, we are…

SNOWING ON GEORGE’S PARADE

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Snow has just hit Washington (this was written at 9:30 a.m.) — and my plane to Miami was the last to get out before Dulles temporarily grounded flights. Good luck to those who will freeze today and tomorrow at the Inaugural festivities. I had suggested that this coronation-like frenzy be cancelled and replaced by a more modest, quiet, dignified ceremony — with much of the funds saved being directed to those tsunami victims who aren’t going to be able to…

CORONATION OR INAUGURATION? I REALLY WANT TO KNOW….

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I am at Dulles Airport right now, leaving for Miami in a few minutes. I will be down there with France’s Trade Minister and the French Ambassador to the U.S. and a few hundred others interested in French-American economic and political affairs. After the way I was treated yesterday by overzealous imported police officers who are pumped up on the adrenaline of bashing a few innocent DC citizens as their policeman-in-chief, well the President, is inaugurated, I am all too…

QUESTION TO <em>TWN</em> READERS: THOUGHTS ON BUILDING A MOVEMENT

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I am writing an article today, so regrettably don’t have time to post much. However, I have been inundated with emails and bits of advice and encouragement about something I noted in one of my comments regarding building a credible and compelling alternative to neoconservative foreign policy thinking. One of my readers wrote — Dear Steve: I wanted to see the good v. evil debate continue, but somehow everybody went in another direction. But I loved this idea of yours,…

AMERICA’S “GOOD VS. EVIL” PROBLEM

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I am supposed to be cranking on a review of Anatol Lieven’s America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, and actually I am. However, I couldn’t resist picking up a galley copy of Eric Liu‘s new book, Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Purpose in Life. This is the perfect book to get on Oprah, spend a morning with Katie Couric, and even to get on Letterman. Some will spoof it — like I am tempted…