John Bolton Peddles New Wars More than Democracy



John Bolton talks a lot about democracy but seems more about igniting wars — particularly with North Korea, Iran, Cuba and/or China. Bolton was in Taiwan recently speaking on American foreign policy and his experiences in the Bush administration as part of a set of pre-release publicity tours for his forthcoming book, Surrender is not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad. The picture above was taken by a friend in Taiwan at the headquarters of the…

Which Shakespeare Characters Do Bush and Cheney Most Resemble?



(Doesn’t Cheney just seem so. . .Richard the Third?) I just came by this interesting interview with former Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Director and evolving neoconservative thinker Ken Adelman. I think Adelman has shown a great deal of honesty about both the failure of a movement he belongs to and the human failings of those trying to implement neoconservative methodologies in the national security sphere. Adelman has been extremely close, on a personal level, with Cheney and Rumsfeld —…

What is Bush’s Iran Plan?



The real answer is that no one knows. George Bush is holding his cards close and is not giving any indication as to his direction right now — other than keeping all options open. What we do know now is that the military has not signed off on an attack — though there are huge force levels deployed in the Gulf that could support a short-term military assault. But if the Pentagon had been ordered to position itself for a…

Michael Ledeen’s Dangerous Iran Obsession



Michael Ledeen — who once told me that he only supported the Iraq War because it provided momentum and pre-positioning of American military forces to then go after Iran — is not going to feel self-actualized until America unleashes a considerable portion of its arsenal against the nation and people of Iran. I’m not a pacifist. I have to admit that there might be circumstances in which war with Iran is our last and only option — but we are…

<em>Midnight Oil</em>‘s and Australia’s Future Climate Change Minister



I’m not very culturally literate, and it took my table partner at the ongoing Australian American Leadership Dialogue to tell me that the erudite, bald-headed guy speaking eloquently and convincingly about sensible strategies to confront climate change was a former lead singer of the group Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett. I had my picture taken with him — which I’ll post later — but which I took not because he was a singer but because he is currently the Shadow Minister…

Juan Cole — Next Friday in Washington



My blogging colleague, Juan Cole, who publishes the blog, Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion, will be speaking at a forum I am chairing next week at the New America Foundation. He will be speaking about his just released book, Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. But I bet in the Q&A session, Cole would not be averse to receiving some questions on ‘Bush’s Middle East.’ This is open to the public — and you are…

Australian American Leadership Dialogue — Melbourne



I’m into the second day of an extraordinary set of meetings, the 15th annual Australian American Leadership Dialogue, staged in Melbourne, Australia. They are extraordinary because of the seriousness and general candor of discussions ranging from climate change policy challenges to the mess in Iraq to brewing issues in Asia and with China. These sessions are also extraordinary because of who is here. Former and current Labor Party leaders Kim Beazley and ascending political superstar and prime minister probable Kevin…

On U.S.-Cuba Relations, Chris Dodd Demonstrates What an “Adult Foreign Policy” Would Look Like



This blog entry was posted on Senator Chris Dodd’s campaign site today but was also written for publication as a guest post by Senator Dodd on “The Washington Note” and “Huffington Post.” I view this statement as the kind of truth-telling and honest candor that aspirants to the White House should exhibit in all of their foreign policy and national security commentary. I could not agree more with Senator Dodd’s views. — Steve Clemons Senator Chris Dodd is the senior…