’08 Or Bust: Now Live

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Citizens for Global Solutions just launched an interactive web tool that TWN readers should find interesting. ’08 Or Bust is a guide to foreign policy in the 2008 presidential elections. It allows users to compare candidates’ direct quotes on some of the most important foreign policy issues with which the next president will have to grapple. Users can contribute quotes, both in text and embedded video format, to the site. Help filling in the blanks is much appreciated. The coolest…

Big Economic Conference Today

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I’ll be moderating a conference focusing on the now and near term of the American economy, the housing bubble, and recession fears today in Washington. Here’s the line up. The entire meeting will be taped by C-Span today — and broadcast later this afternoon and over the weekend. The meeting is open to the public — but it’s at the Cosmos Club and guys need to wear ties if you stop in. What can I say? Clubs have rules —…

Kudos to the White House for Fixing Error

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Praise where praise is due. Today, I checked the transcript of Dana Perino’s press gaggle held on November 20th — which discusses some aspects of the planning then for the Annapolis Israel-Palestine Summit as well as mentions a letter that Brent Scowcroft, Lee Hamilton, Carla Hills, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski and many others signed with regard to the summit. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft’s name was misspelled — and it created a bit of a stir among some…

New Middle East Envoy: former NATO Commander Jim Jones

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced that the new US Envoy for Middle East Security is going to be former NATO Commander Jim Jones. Here is an item that I posted on my blog from strategist Harlan Ullman and General Jim Jones earlier this year. Jones and Ullman were challenging Krauthammer, and that generally would be a sign of constructive, realist thinking. — Steve Clemons

Giuliani’s Tenure: How did the Candidates Run Their Shops?

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While there have been fifteen U.S. Senators in American history who became President, only Warren Harding and John F. Kennedy went directly to the White House from the Senate. Americans seem to want to see some kind of executive/management ability in their president typically, and thus all politics and political affiliations aside, candidates like Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Bill Richardson, and Rudy Giuliani have something in their portfolio a bit different than those who vote but don’t get the frills…

S<u>n</u>owcroft: A Mistake or on Purpose?

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Earlier today, I wrote about the interesting press gaggle comment by White House spokesperson Dana Perino that Bush was not a “gambler.” When I read the original transcript of the meeting, I saw this line: Q Is he familiar with the Snowcroft letter, I guess signed by a bunch of other folks, as well, saying basically that if there is either nothing accomplished at this session, or very little accomplished, it risks devastating consequences in the region? Since I have…

U.S. Climate Policy: Hard or Soft Obstruction?

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(Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky will lead the U.S. delegation to the UN climate change conference next month in Bali. White House Environment Czar James Connoughton will also be there for the high-level section, while chief climate obstructionist Harlan Watson will run the day-to-day negotiations) Next month’s conference on climate change in Bali will be the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (which includes the U.S.) and the third Meeting of…

Dana Perino: Bush Has Given Up Gambling

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No kidding. White House spokesperson Dana Perina yesterday said that despite Bush’s big gambles on Iraq, on his ‘bring it on’ battle against global terrorists, and possibly on Iran, “The President is not a gambler.” Although the next question was about the “Scowcroft Letter” which Daniel Levy, Robert Malley, Henry Siegman, and I have been helping to promulgate, the more appropriate question should have been: When did the President actually stop gambling? Here is the exchange on both the President’s…

On Hamas, Saud al-Faisal Agrees with Colin Powell who Agrees with Brent Scowcroft who Agrees with Zbig Brzezinski who Agrees with Eric Shinseki who Agrees with Christine Todd Whitman. . .

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This tidbit just appeared in Robin Wright’s recent reporting on the Annapolis Summit in an article titled “Iran: The Uninvited Wildcard in Mideast Talks“: Iran will still have leverage in the event of peace, Arab officials concede. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said yesterday that any peace agreement would eventually have to include Hamas, since it controls Gaza and half the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, the two major Palestinian parties — Hamas and Fatah, which controls the West Bank — would…