Brookings Writers Blind to the Empty Glass in Iraq?



I have just returned from a quick weekend trip to London which I will write about soon I hope, but am catching up with the drama of DC debates about Iraq, Iran, the Middle East in general. One of the pieces that has attracted a lot of attention this weekend is an article written by Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack in the New York Times suggesting that things are much better than we all think they are in Iraq. O’Hanlan…

<em>Guest Post by Mindy Kotler</em>: Comfort Women, US-Japan Historic Justice and the Bush Administration



A former “comfort woman” in South Korea Mindy Kotler is director of Asia Policy Point a Washington nonprofit research center that studies the U.S. policy relationship with Japan and Northeast Asia. Thank you Steve for this opportunity to guest blog about Asia on TWN. Like Steve, I lament the many missteps and poor decisions made by the Bush Administration. U.S. policy toward Asia is no exception. Although relations with Japan are believed to be going well, they are built upon…

<em>Guest Post by Sameer Lalwani</em>: Diplomacy That’s More Than a Punch Line



Sameer Lalwani is a policy analyst in the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program The upside of this latest tiff between Senators Clinton and Obama is that it is starting to force candidates, and hopefully the broader public, to start thinking about what a new foreign policy should look like, and further, if we support diplomacy, what the sound byte of “vigorous diplomacy” should contain. Lest we forget, the Bush administration in their heyday of unilateralism characterized their Iraq efforts…

Beijing’s 2008 Ch(O)ke-lympics



(photo credit: James Fallows) I just received a short note from Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows who is living (and coughing a lot because of the ridiculously high levels of pollution) in China this year. He shared these two blog posts — first and second — that I want to pass on. I was in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olymics and know that in anticipation of them, L.A. did much to correct what was then a surging air…

What Hillary Said. . .and Should Say



Several good friends close to Senator Clinton were surprised by my post suggesting a “Nixon-Lite Strategy” as a guiding direction for some of her foreign policy thinking. To be fair, when I wrote a critique of Senator Obama’s first major foreign policy address, I got similar nudges from his team. But I do want to be fair as I like much of what Hillary Clinton says and stands for. I view a major presidential candidacy like I do any presidential…

Hillary Clinton Needs to be “Nixon-Lite” not “Bush-Lite”



Senator Clinton‘s press office sent this note out today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 26, 2007 Clinton/CNN Interview to Air this Afternoon Senator Clinton taped an interview with CNN’s John King this afternoon where she was asked to react to Barack Obama referring to her as “Bush-Cheney Lite.” The following is what Senator Clinton said (the interview will air later this afternoon on CNN): SEN. CLINTON: “Well, this is getting kind of silly. I’ve been called a lot of things…

Crossing Lines: Colin Powell and My Own DC Snobbery



Last night, I got a phone call from New York Sun writer Eli Lake, a thoughtful and serious writer who is more hawkish than I am and closely associated with neoconservatives (though I don’t consider him to be one — he’s too empirical for that), about Colin Powell speaking at a huge motivational conference in September along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Steve Forbes, Robert Schuller, and Zig Ziglar. Lake got me at a good time as I had just seen…

<em>Guest Post by Sameer Lalwani</em>: Former Peace Process Negotiators Daniel Levy and Rob Malley Skeptical of Bush Administration’s Israel-Palestine Plan



Sameer Lalwani is a policy analyst in the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program Last night, the New America Foundation co-hosted a dinner with The American Prospect around their June “Middle East issue” that featured a number of important pieces by my American Strategy Program colleagues. While the special issue centered on the broader strategic questions emerging out of the Middle East including our options for dealing with Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, the evening’s discussion narrowed in on the…

David Wurmser Leaving White House Employment



David Wurmser, one of the Vice President’s most dedicated neoconservative spear-carriers, is leaving the administration to start a risk assessment consulting firm. A close friend of his who still works for President Bush shared with me that Wurmser has been looking for a new position for quite a while — which is what actually led him to share some of this information that I reported and the New York Times, Time‘s Joe Klein and others helped substantiate. Ironically, the New…