NeoCons Exposed: Voyeurs Listen in to the “Real Stuff” on Trains and Ships

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THURSDAY, 12 JULY 2007 — 4 pm ACELA/AMTRAK — NEW YORK TO DC NeoCon High Priest Bill Kristol sits one row behind liberal blog-phenom diva Arianna Huffington and proceeds to chat about his role in nudging and tweaking President Bush’s language. Huffington reports: Kristol was sitting a row behind me, talking on his cell phone with someone who apparently shared his optimism. “‘Precipitous withdrawal’ really worked,” I overheard him say, clearly referring to the president’s use of the term in…

10 Foreign Policy Winners from President Bush

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Foreign Policy‘s blog, Passport decided to draw up a list of ten “good things” the President can take credit for in foreign policy in commemoration of his July 6th birthday. Blake Hounshell suggests this list: 1. Boosting aid to Africa threefold 2. Preventing a nuclear war between India and Pakistan 3. Taking down the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network 4. Getting Libya to give up its weapons of mass destruction programs and renounce terrorism 5. Turning independent-minded India into a…

<em>Guest Blog by Daniel Levy:</em> President Bush Offers Another False Promise to Israel & Palestine

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Daniel Levy is Senior Fellow in the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program and Director of the Middle East Peace Initiative there. He is also Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation. President Bush in his Palestinian announcement today pushed down softly on the accelerator of a failed Middle East policy. The President continued to base his policy on deepening the division among Palestinians, on pre-conditions to a two-state solution, and on an unwillingness to outline his own parameters for an…

Joe Wilson Endorses Hillary

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Hillary Clinton’s Director of Online Everything, Peter Daou, sent a tantalizing email today inviting a handful of political bloggers to a conference call with a mystery endorsement of the campaign. I called him and didn’t press very hard as he preemptively and craftily said “of course I can’t say yet who it is, but I can tell you it is someone bloggers will appreciate.” I was hooked. So at 1:30 pm, I jumped out of an event where I was…

The Cost of Fencing Out: America’s Backwards Visa Policies

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I have some property in a rustic part of Colorado not far from the 120 mile long Rainbow Trail in the Rockies. I also get a decent tax deal on the land because I have an arrangement with a cattle farmer to allow grazing on the land. Colorado is a “fence out” state meaning that if cattle come into a ranch area, those cattle are free to roam everywhere — unless “fenced out” by property holders. This is probably a…

Brits “Play Act” Indictment of Tony Blair for Iraq-Related Crimes Tomorrow on BBC

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(Philippe Sands, Queen’s Counsel and Professor of Law, University College London) The BBC has a must-listen show on radio tomorrow titled Called to Account (times noted further below) offering a theatrical version of Tony Blair’s indictment for Iraq War-related crimes. This may inspire many on this side of the Atlantic pond to think about various strategies to hold America’s current political leadership accountable for duplicity and mismanagement of America’s national security portfolio — and particularly for the Iraq War. Democracy…

America’s Blind Spot on Dubai: No Secretary of Commerce has Led Commercial Mission There

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This morning I received a Treasury Department email reminding me of the damaging encounter that America had with Dubai and many Arab moderates and modernists when a bipartisan Congressional crowd forced the White House to privately tell the Dubai government owned DP World to drop its acquisition plans for a number of American port operations. I received an announcement from the Department of the Treasury with a statement from Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt about an effort to modify the Foreign…

Soft or Hard Landing for American Decline?

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(picture of the top of the Reichstag in Berlin) I’ve just returned from Berlin and am scribbling a brief note from JFK Airport in New York. One of the unavoidable impressions I got from Europeans and particularly Germans during this trip is that there is widespread regret that America has slipped off its pedestal as a largely benign superpower that promoted liberty and economic opportunity. The dollar’s decline against the euro has only reinforced a widespread view that America can’t…