Michigan GOP Leader Trying to Squeeze Ron Paul Out of Primary Debates

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Ron Paul and I have very few things in common besides our last name. We agree on very little, and we defend those few policy positions we happen to share on very different ideological and philosophical grounds. My namesake and I agree on one thing, though: Ron Paul has every right to participate in the Republican primary debates. Saul Azunis, the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, wants Paul out of the GOP debates simply because he finds Paul’s ideas…

What Happened to Wolfowitz the Strategist?

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Paul Wolfowitz has all but conceded that he is leaving his perch as CEO of the World Bank. The only question that remains is what gets scribbled in the last paragraph of the story on whether the “blame” for his departure is shared — and whether he resigned under his own steam or was actually, formally fired. What is odd about this entire encounter is that “Wolfowitz the strategist” seems to be missing — and that may have been the…

Thursday Morning Reading

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In case you’re completely up to date on Wolfowitz’s imminent exit from the World Bank and the new push on the Law of the Sea, some other interesting things worth a read: First, private citizen John Bolton says the U.S. should attack Iran soon. Citizens for Global Solutions, the organization where I work, launched a blog this month. Some recent highlights include an open letter from Charles Brown, our President & CEO, to Fred Thompson; a comment on Republicans and…

Wolfowitz Appears to be Heading Towards Face-Saving Exit Deal

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World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz pleaded for a second chance and offered to dump his gaggle of advisers who followed him to the Bank from the Bush administration. But senior officials report to me that the damage is too deep at this point and that there is no conceivable strategy of helping the Bank return to a credible position without a complete shift in management. Every account I have thus far from those close to Bank Executive Directors report that…

Tipping the Hat to John Ashcroft

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John Ashcroft has been a governor, a minister, a senator, and Attorney General of the United States. His colleagues at his private consulting firm, call him “General” now — as a nickname and honorific. He doesn’t place highly in progressive circles as someone to whom to pay tribute, although he did appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He spoke at a large terrorism conference I organized in September 2005 and defended the administration’s actions since 9/11 with a…

Breaking: Bush Statement on Law of the Sea is Official

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President Bush has teed it up. All Senator Biden has to do now is swing for the fences. If he does, U.S. ocean policy and foreign policy will be considerably stronger. And a handful of out of touch, ultra-conservative Senators will look much, much weaker. I don’t get to say this often, but President Bush is doing the right thing. Here’s the statement: I urge the Senate to act favorably on U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the…

Lugar: We Need Law of the Sea

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Dick Lugar just hit one out of the park on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a noble effort to get UNCLOS through the Senate three years ago, only to be blocked by Senators Frist and Inhofe. Lugar issued a statement today that gracefully deconstructs some of the more hideous mischaracterizations of the treaty and makes a powerful case for U.S. accession. The President is expected to make a statement on…

Wolfowitz to Senior World Bank Staffers: If You @#&! with Me, I’ll ?@#&! You!

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I’ve met Paul Wolfowitz on many occasions and used to see him quite a lot over at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has always been cordial to me and to others when I have seen him in public. But as with many of us, there tend to be parts of ourselves that we keep a bit covered. With Wolfowitz, it may be his anger and his zest for revenge — something that…