100 Americans Dead This Month Alone in Iraq



100 Americans dead in Iraq this month and there is another day left. I wonder how many Iraqis are dying each month now. That statistic should be required reporting. I jogged by and paused at the Vietnam Memorial the other day and could only think what the Iraq War Memorial will look like and how they will list the thousands of Americans who should not have died in this war — and the many tens of thousands if not hundreds…

Paul Krugman Unvarnished and Live Monday Morning



Paul Krugman will be headlining a conference I have helped organize titled “Back to the Economy: Confronting America’s Growth Challenges” that will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm. Paul Krugman, less his professorship, is a pretty good target of what I want to be when I grow up. He is one of the world’s most influential writers and thinkers, who speaks truth to power every time he writes. He has one of…

Dismantling Cheney’s Control



The next two years are going to be politically bloody and difficult ones for the nation and the world. There is a somewhat understandable, yet naive, hope that Democratic success in the coming election will somehow corner President Bush and his team into a more rational national security posture. To some degree this is true. Democratic political strength in the nation is palpable, and virtually everyone sees the House of Representatives changing management, though the Senate is far less certain….

Why I Support Senator Lincoln Chafee



This blog has highlighted both the weaknesses and strengths of Senator Lincoln Chafee — occasionally in very strong terms. When Chafee himself articulated the many reasons to oppose John Bolton’s confirmation as America’s Ambassador to the United Nations and then voted in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support him, I wrote a scathing critique of his decision at that time. Chafee made a couple of miscalculations at the time — but so did many of the Republicans and Democrats…

America Arms the World



Bill Hartung exposes America’s obsession with selling light weapons and small arms and standing out as “the only nation” to oppose even thinking about regulating small arms trade, which Hartung refers to as “weapons of mass destruction in slow motion.” Well worth reading if you want to be angry at yet another dimension of current administration policy. — Steve Clemons

Cheney’s Terrorism Blunders: Should Take Lessons from Zbigniew Brzezinski



Vice President Cheney was off in Missouri yesterday (coincidence?) at a rally for the B-2 bomber forces at Whiteman Air Force Base. As usual, Cheney’s remarks reinforce mistaken notions about terrorism. He suggests to the bomber forces that only taking the fight to terrorists can turn the tide. Cheney doesn’t talk about stealing the audience from terrorists or robbing from them the ability to exploit grievances that many in the Middle East feel. Terrorists are performers on a stage —…

Paul Krugman Headlining Economic Policy Event Monday Morning



I have been working with my colleagues on a significant economic policy event that is taking place on Monday, 30 October 2006 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. The schedule is here. Paul Krugman is opening the show and should be terrific. This meeting is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP. More later. — Steve Clemons

American Foreign Service Assn Protests Condi/Karen Hughes Action



This letter is interesting. Not sure that I’m on the same page as the American Foreign Service Association which has a beef that a new senior post created by Condi did not go to a career foreign service officer — but the nature of the public letter is provocative. I am flying to DC from Germany today. Have just had four fascinating days — speaking in the Bundestag in Berlin as well as speaking to groups in Halle, Bremen, and…

Former Mossad Deputy Chief David Kimche Speaking This Morning, 9 am



This morning, I am training it from Hamburg to Berlin where I’m going to have some meetings with senior German political and policy leaders today. Last night I spoke about the coming elections and US foreign policy at the University of Hamburg. But if you are in Washington, the New America Foundation Middle East Policy Initiative is co-hosting a meeting with the Center for American Progress a session with former Mossad Deputy Head David Kimche. Kimche was also Director General…