Note to Vice President Cheney: Call Your Neighbor, Apologize, and Pay the Dinner Bill

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A rumor has come my way that seems too delicious not to report. Since the source of the rumor is acquainted with Vice President Cheney’s neighbor, I believe it has veracity. Both Cheney and Don Rumsfeld have get-away homes in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They live near each other — but in between them is a Democrat. Party identification not withstanding, Dick Cheney invited his neighbor and spouse out to dinner with the Donald and Joyce…

<em>TWN</em> Media Watch

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I will be appearing on the BBC News live at 3:00 pm EST and discussing some of the issues raised in an article, “The Genteel Revolt that is Remaking US Policy on Iraq,” by DC Bureau Chief of The Guardian Julian Borger. The focus will be the “Iraq Study Group” co-chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamilton and the impact on the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. — Steve Clemons

Who Will be Deputy Secretary of State?

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(Who will get former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick’s job?) The real answer to this question is that R. Nicholas Burns should be. If not Burns, then the person Condi should nominate is US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. I tried to distance myself from Burns some time ago and gave him some tongue-in-cheek critique on his performance as a way to boost his credentials for the Cheney wing of the White House, but too many people got confused…

Major Change Coming in Administration Middle East Policy

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After November 7th, when it is appearing more and more likely that the Dems will take the House of Representatives, George W. Bush loses one of his (until now) free hands to do what he pleases. The House will be sure to slow, redirect, and condition funding for the Iraq War and other missions in the Middle East. The House is also likely to begin using its power to call hearings, conduct investigations, and subpoena appearances of government officials under…

Kim Jong Il “Sorry”

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China must have pounded Kim Jong Il in private meetings to get the kind of confession of error he was reported to have made. North Korea needs a deal — and so does the United States. The North Korea nuclear problem will require a high price to resolve, but it’s worth it. And if America fails to resolve the North Korea matter through a combination of diplomacy and potential coercion, then Iran will be emboldened to press harder against perceived…

Open Thread: Think Tankism, Comprehensive Energy Policy and Cuba

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When I left Japan on Tuesday, I had breakfast in the Orchid Room at the Okura Hotel, still the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge equivalent for power breakfasts in Japan. I saw Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill dining with quite a group of Americans and Japanese — no doubt laying the groundwork for further coordination with Japan on our collective response to North Korea’s nuclear tests and for Condi Rice’s arrival. She arrived…

Lieberman’s Snow Job for John Bolton

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Joe Lieberman knows the ways of the Senate. He knows that there are votes that matter — and votes that don’t. There are cheap ways to mug a President of one’s own party, much like House Democrats did to Bill Clinton during his presidency rejecting “fast track trade authority” because they were ticked off about welfare reform and wanted to send Clinton a message on a bill that wasn’t all that popular anyway. However, there are also cheap ways to…

Open Thread: Back from Tokyo

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Just back to Washington after a long trip back from Tokyo. Our plane got diverted for an emergency landing to Anchorage, Alaska after a person on board was felled by a serious stroke. My bags were lost — but I did meet behind the baggage counter a friend I have not seen in nearly 20 years. That followed running around the Imperial Palace yesterday morning at 6:00 a.m. and having a Japanese guy walk up to me after my run…

Michael Lind: The American Way of Strategy

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Thanks to Steve for giving me a chance to blog about (flog?) my new book The American Way of Strategy — which, if you’re interested, I’ll be discussing with Lou Dobbs this evening on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN, 6 pm EST. At the moment there’s an avalanche of books trying to name a new “ism” in foreign policy. I think that’s a parlor game. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I argue for renovating the version of American liberal internationalism…