Brent Budowsky: The Democrats: If Jack, Bobby, and Kenny Had Breakfast Today

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When I was a young pup working for Senator Birch Bayh, who like Lloyd Bentsen was the kind of giant in rare supply in Washington today, on a few occasions, my bosses would take me to the old Mayflower Hotel where Kenny O’Donnell would hold court. I was barely old enough to imbibe the beverages, but I sat there quietly and awestruck, listening and learning as Kenny told “war stories” of Jack and Bobby. Thinking about the results in the…

Peter Trubowitz: Iraq and the Election

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Many Democrats seem to think the best policy on Iraq for the November elections is to say as little as possible. They worry that Republicans will brand them “unpatriotic” if they are too critical of Bush’s policies in Iraq — if they dare, that is, to use Iraq to “nationalize” the election. However, failing to do so could be an even more costly mistake for Democrats. James Carville and Stan Greenberg make just this point in an important strategy memo…

Asheesh Siddique: A Tale of Two Toms

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Reading the transcript of former House Majority leader Tom DeLay‘s bitter, partisan (and in these ways, quite fitting) resignation speech from Thursday, I was struck by these remarks: We honor men with Monuments not because of their greatness, or even simply because of their service, but because of their refusal – even in the face of danger or death – to ever compromise the principles they served. Washington’s obelisk still stands watch because democracy will always need a sentry! Jefferson’s…

Clyde Prestowitz: The View From Dubai

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At a meeting of Middle Eastern, European, Asian, and American strategic analysts in Dubai last week, it quickly became clear that the common American view of the situation in the Persian Gulf region is only about 180 degrees away from that of the rest of the world. Start with the notion of creating a democracy in Iraq as a way of catalyzing movement to democracy throughout the region. Analysts from the Middle East and elsewhere note that much of the…

Andrew Moravcsik: A Reply to Charlie Kupchan

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My friend and colleague Charlie Kupchan and I agree on much: Europe faces policy challenges, the EU’s constitution and concern with internal democracy don’t help, and a united Europe is performing well on Iran, Turkey and other issues. But we disagree on how to read crisis-ridden rhetoric by Europeans — and I believe this issue tells us something important about the EU. Charlie says “Just about every European I talk to these days — including die-hard federalists who have been…

Johanna Mendelson-Forman: The Presidenta

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Will the real president please stand up? There in our midst was the real president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, who charmed Washington Thursday as she made the rounds in this village. And the pretend president that we women all admire, actress Gina Davis, of the recently cancelled series, Commander-in-Chief! Side by side our dreams and the reality. As one of the organizers of the “Celebration of Women’s Leadership” I was amazed to see how even the most serious power women…

Chuck Peña: Iraq’s No Drive Zone

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OK, I can’t resist. Associated Press is reporting that Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered a daytime driving ban in Baghdad and Baquoba provice (where Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed) to prevent car bomb attacks. The driving ban will be from 11am to 3pm. So we should expect car bombings after 3pm and before 11am. Maybe the Iraqis should just outlaw driving and cars altogether. Charles (Chuck) Peña is a senior fellow with the Coalition for a Realistic…

Cem Özdemir: Rendition and Realism

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In an editorial about the Council of Europe’s report about alleged secret detentions in Europe, the Financial Times wrote on Thursday: “Europe’s foremost guardian of human rights yesterday painted a chilling picture of how more than a dozen European countries became part of a global “spider’s web” spun by the US to kidnap and transport outside the reach of the law suspects in the “war on terror”. Such lawless practices, including the outsourcing of torture of friendly despots, are spreading…

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff: Ahmadinejad and Germany’s Extreme Right — a Lovefest

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Steve probably did not intend for his guest bloggers to transform TWN to a sports weblog. So, I apologize in advance for the following entry related to the Soccer World Cup which started in my home country of Germany yesterday. Please, bear with me if I direct your attention to an important game. It’s Angola v. Iran. Mark your calendars. It’s on June 21st. Actually, the game itself is not really important, at least not to me. But watch out…