Define “Stunning Isolation”: America’s Position on United Nations Human Rights Council

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Finally, people are beginning to see that there is a serious gap between Condi Rice and John Bolton. Anne-Marie Slaughter sums up the state of affairs regarding America’s stance towards the new Human Rights Council beautifully. Slaughter, the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, outlines that although America voted “no” on the Council, word from the U.N. has it that Secretary Rice pushed hard to soften Bolton’s stated opposition to the Council. . . Far more important, though,…

Time for Bush to Re-Think Foreign Policy Legacy

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I scribbled the following piece when in Jerusalem and sent to friends in Tokyo to consider publishing. It has just appeared in Japan’s largest English language daily, the Daily Yomiuri. Daily Yomiuri — March 18, 2006 Time for Bush to Turn Realist by Steven Clemons The various denominations that have demarcated the U.S. foreign policy spectrum are in serious disarray and are rapidly evolving into substantially different movements. During the first term of U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration, there…

Interview on Tulsa National Public Radio Affiliate Show Today, “Studio Tulsa”

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I had a great evening speaking to members of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations last night and even ran into a high school pal of James Woolsey, also from Tulsa, who has some of the same concerns I do about our former CIA Director who has benefited too much financially in my view from our war against Iraq and terrorists in general. For those interested, I did a pretty long interview with Rich Fisher of a show called “Studio…

For Washington DC <em>TWN</em> Readers, Invite to <em>Our Brand is Crisis</em>

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Monday night, March 20, 6:30 p.m. arrive; 7:00 p.m. screening. E Street Cinemas — 555 11th Street NW — Washington, DC 8:30 pm short discussion with Our Brand is Crisis Director Rachel Boynton. I will be moderating the discussion and introducing the film. It’s a fascinating and disturbing piece of work about the growing trend of American political consultancies driving foreign election campaigns. Be TWN‘s guest, but RSVPS are required to lalwani@newamerica.net — Steve Clemons

New York & Tulsa

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Apologies to the many New Yorkers who have written about meeting up. There has been some uncertainty about my flight plans — now mostly resolved. I get into JFK Airport today at 3:30 pm and am then heading into Manhattan to meet Josh Marshall. I have no idea how long customs, travel to the city, etc. will take — but I’ll post a place I can meet folks this evening in the Chelsea/Soho area. Wish I could give more advance…

Wheels Within Wheels: Israel Raid on Jericho Jail Probably an Election Ploy

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Ehud Olmert, acting Prime Minister of Israel and the head of the new Ariel Sharon-created Kadima party, just scored big in Israel with the mostly bloodless seizure in Jericho of six Palestinian prisoners who were allegedly involved in the murder of an Israeli cabinet minister in 2001. Many Palestinian have been up in arms, furious with an incursion into their territory, after British and American monitors of this prison and inmates announced that they had departed the site this morning….

Jimmy Carter on Palestine and Peace

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Two weeks ago, I heard Zbigniew Brzezinski comment that Jimmy Carter had done something that few former U.S. Presidents did — other than Richard Nixon — and that was write major articles and give significant oratorical addresses on foreign policy without consulting their former national security advisors. Bill Clinton probably does much of his speechifying without getting gold stars from Sandy Berger and Tony Lake, but there is still enough consultation with Berger that I’ll leave Clinton on the ‘other…

Late Night Coffee in Jerusalem

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Just in case their are any political blog junkies in the neighborhood, I’m working late tonight at a very cool cafe/coffee shop in Jerusalem names Tmol Shilshom. I’ll be here late. I’ve already been engaged by some very interesting writers here on questions of US foreign policy, Hamas issues, and the brewing mess with Iran. — Steve Clemons