Tension Inside AEI: A Neocon Heart vs. Corporate Head

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Jim Lobe brilliantly chronicles a key point of tension between various AEI stakeholders — on one hand a group of firms who help fund the place and are mostly focused on government deregulation and on the other, those who have helped shape and drive a neoconservative War in Iraq and national security strategy. Lobe writes: Today’s quotation in the Financial Times attributed to Danielle Pletka, the Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI),…

Hiking in the Cascades

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Over the next week, starting tomorrow, I’m going to be hiking with journalist Jim Lobe and some other pals in the Cascades mountains on a working, walking retreat. I’m going to try to post some thoughts tomorrow and when I am finished next Friday or Saturday on what’s brewing on various national security and foreign policy fronts as we trip towards September. My blogger colleagues Sameer Lalwani and Scott Paul will keep the place humming while I’m doing some strategic…

Matt Yglesias Deserves Better

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This is a hilarious video interview with super-blogger Matthew Yglesias who just didn’t get the treatment he deserves at YearlyKos. Then I did a video interview talking about my encounter with Peter Beinart over what we’d tell the next President about U.S. foreign policy if we had five minutes. Here is Juan Cole on anotther TMPtv video interview. Check out Juan Cole’s new book as well, Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. More later. — Steve Clemons

Wesley Clark to Bush: “Stop Hiding Behind David Petraeus!”

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General Wesley Clark delivered a humdinger of a speech this morning in Chicago at YearlyKos. There’s much to it — and he puts the target for the failure in Iraq not on the military, nor on the Congress, nor other participants in this mess other than President George W. Bush. Others will get the text and audio file up. I’ll try to link later. But his commentary on engaging our foes and rivals was right on target. He called Bush…

Yearly Kos Does Foreign Policy

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I just arrived in Chicago super early this morning and will be speaking in two Yearly Kos Convention panels today. The first is titled “The Next Progressive Foreign Policy” and takes place from 10:30 – 11:30 am and will include Peter Beinart whose famous article “A Fighting Faith: An Argument for a New Liberalism” is arguably one of the most impactful articles written on foreign policy in recent years — though I have serious disagreements with it and think that…

Foreign Service Pessimism vs. Brookings Optimism

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Over the last day and a half, I’ve been connecting with folks in the military, in intelligence, from the Department of State on the American side of the equation, as well as chatting with some well-placed Brits and even Iraqi government officials, and a good passle of journalists in order to kick the tires of the O’Hanlon/Pollack New York Times oped that Dick Cheney is now favorably referencing in his talking points. My sources are at odds with the anecdotes…

From Mark Goldberg on Sudan and the International Criminal Court

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I just got a fascinating note in my inbox from Mark Goldberg, who writes regularly for UN Dispatch and the American Prospect. Since he’s not planning on writing this up himself, I’m going to post his note in full. It’s worth a read. Also, I hope my two posts today don’t discourage readers from scrolling down to see what James Wolfensohn wrote this morning or the announcement of Sameer Lalwani as our third partner in crime here at TWN. Welcome,…

UNEPS Could Be In Darfur Right Now

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I want to congratulate the governments that worked through the UN Security Council to pass Resolution 1769 on Tuesday. It officially creates a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission to Darfur, with authority under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to “support early and effective implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement, prevent the disruption of its implementation and armed attacks, and protect civilians…” This is a huge development. It essentially means that no more political obstacles stand in the way of true…

Sameer Lalwani Joining <em>TWN</em> Blogging Team

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We are expanding our team. Sameer Lalwani will be joining us as a regular commentator at the The Washington Note. Sameer is a policy analyst with the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program concentrating on the geopolitics of the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to joining the American Strategy Program, Lalwani worked at the Center for South Asia Studies and before that as a research assistant for Professor Kiren Chaudhry of the University of California, Berkeley. He is a…