Giles Trendle: European Collusion in Rendition

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Europe seems to have been caught giving a nod and a wink in the dark to the CIA policy referred to in media circles as ‘extraordinary rendition’. Fourteen European states colluded with the CIA in secret US flights ferrying terror suspects around the world, according a report published last week by Europe’s human rights watchdog. The Council of Europe report states that the policy practiced by the CIA, which has become known as “extraordinary rendition”, could operate only with “the…

Steve Clemons: I’m Back

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Well, nearly. I’m back in the country and about to talk with Brian Lehrer on New York’s public radio network at 10 a.m. Eastern this morning. Then, I’m jumping on a train to New York to host a book party this evening for George Soros whose new book, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror is being released today. These next few days, I will be working hard to catch up. There may be some more guest…

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Beltway Crusaders

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As Robert Borosage, co-Director of the Campaign for America’s Future, argues in The Nation’s current issue, “the current rage in center-right Democratic circles is to resuscitate Harry Truman, substitute bin Laden for Stalin and jihadism for Communism, and summon America to a new global struggle.” Peter Beinart, for example, who was a supporter of the Iraq disaster (and has joined New Dems like Al From in urging Democrats to prove their resolve by purging the left from the Democratic party)…

Peter Trubowitz: Howler of the Week

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“I think the jury is still out on WMD.” — Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) Weldon, responding to challenger Joseph Sestak, retired Navy admiral, is taking faith-based reality to new highs (lows). Check it out: Delco Times. Peter Trubowitz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy.

P.J. Simmons: Can you Handle Another Inconvenient Truth?

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Whether you’ve seen Al Gore’s film or not, you probably know by now that the carbon-based energy system we built last century is royally messing up our planet’s built-in thermostat — promising all kinds of nasty consequences unless we kick our response into high gear. What you may not know — as scientists only recently broke the story — is that carbon dioxide is doing something else pernicious to our planet apart from changing the chemistry of our atmosphere and…

Asheesh Siddique: <i>United 93</i>‘s Unfair Question

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At the end of every spring semester, Princeton University (where I will be a senior in the fall) has a ten-day period in mid-May of no classes to give students time to write our final term papers. Three days before all my work was due, I desperately needed a study break to recharge my mental batteries. Taking a brief hiatus from the papers (on David Hume, Thomas Jefferson, and English constitutional history), I went to a free showing of Paul…

Richard Weitz: Security Implications of Climate Change

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Although Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, has drawn renewed attention to the global warming issue, commentators on worldwide climate change have not sufficiently addressed its potential international security implications. Thus far, most of the debate has focused on whether climate change is occurring, whether human or natural causes are primarily responsible, how it will affect people’s health and lifestyles, and what we should do about the problem. Whatever the ultimate magnitude and cause of global climate change, prudent contingency…

Flynt Leverett: Russia’s New Petro Power Politics

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I have just returned from a trip to Moscow, for speaking engagements and meetings with officials, academic and think tank experts, and energy executives about the intersection of Russian energy strategy and Russian foreign policy. Upon my return, I also had the pleasant experience of seeing the first hard copies of an article that a French colleague and I have just published in the Summer 2006 issue of The National Interest. Titled “The New Axis of Oil“, the article argues…

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff: Working with Bad People – a Reply to Jeremy Kahn

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The other day, Jeremy Kahn commented on the release of historic CIA documents that reveal the extent to which the CIA cooperated with former Nazis in the postwar era. The CIA even knew where the ultimate war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, was hiding, but didn’t tip off the Israelis. All of this in the pursuit of Cold War interests. Kahn argues that the US should “put morality ahead of security”, at least in egregious cases. The new revelations highlight “the dangers…