100 Years in a Country That Had Nothing to Do with 9/11. . .

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Ouch! Barack Obama’s spokesman Bill Burton just sent out a release of his own reaction to John McCain’s war-mongering criticism of Senator Obama that the latter has no experience in national security and warfare. Well, frankly, I’m impressed with Burton on this one. Here is Bill Burton’s statement: Barack Obama doesn’t need any lectures from John McCain, who has consistently misunderstood American national security and the history of the Middle East in arguing for an invasion and 100-year occupation of…

McCain’s War Thing

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Joseph Loconte offers a spirited defense of John McCain’s foreign policy and national security positioning in a piece that ran today in the Weekly Standard. I liked his essay because Loconte articulates the fault line that runs through conservative circles on foreign policy. It happens to be a fault line that runs through a significant segment of the liberal/progressive establishment as well, and that is that there are those like McCain who are committed to the militant export of American-style…

The World is Watching and Wants More: Clinton-Obama Race Should Go All the Way

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Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton struggling against each other for every superdelegate, every pending state primary, every vote is the best thing America has had going for it in some time on the “global public diplomacy” front. John McCain’s subtle flirtation with vice presidential possibilities ranging from his former rival Mitt Romney to Mike Huckabee to Michael Bloomberg to Condoleezza Rice — among others — has caught the attention of people in Mumbai, Jakarta, Rio, Riyadh, Beijing, Damascus, and…

Deep Creek Weekend

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(Title: Blue Lake; Photo credit: Crede Calhoun – VisionQuestStudios.com) I have been completely off-line since Friday afternoon — taking some time to visit a rental property I have in the Allegheny Mountains at Deep Creek Lake. I needed to get the place ready for spring and summer rentals. The house has killer views of the Lake here at the most Western part of the Maryland panhandle, and as of this weekend, there was still skiing and snowboarding going on at…

Hard Choices for NATO: Expansion vs Commitments

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(This was cross-posted at www.YoungAtlanticist.org. Sameer will be blogging live from Bucharest from April 2-4 during the NATO Summit.) Leading up to the NATO Summit in Bucharest, the op-ed pages have provided a transatlantic policymaker’s feast of competing proposals, warnings, and framings of the critical events facing the 59 year old military alliance. NATO expansion and commitments to the ISAF in Afghanistan obviously rise to the top as critical tests of the alliance’s future, but at some level they seem…

Political Books: The Right, The Left, the Radical Center

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A chunk of TWN readers live in the Northeast corridor and enjoy the events I help organize and chair at the New America Foundation, but they complain that I don’t give enough notice some times. As Ben Katcher has written below, I am hosting Adam Clymer — the former New York Times political correspondent about whom President George W. Bush once said to Cheney: “There’s Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times.” Cheney replied: “Yeah, big time.”…

When All is Said and Done, Clinton and Obama Remain Pentagon-Huggers

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, has challenged Nation contributors Jeremy Scahill and Naomi Klein with misreading the tenor of the magazine’s endorsement of Obama. Her main point is that despite suggesting editorially that he is the best candidate, The Nation‘s endorsement is not full-throttled and highlights serious concerns about him. I particularly liked this clip from vanden Heuvel’s piece: It is true that The Nation has endorsed Barack Obama. But as we have explained, that does not mean…

<em>Guest Post by Ben Katcher</em>: McCain is Not the First

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Ben Katcher is a Research Associate at the New America Foundation. In a post on Monday, Steve Clemons referred to Anatol Leiven’s critique of John McCain in the Financial Times. The piece demonstrates that McCain’s propensity to make rash statements, such as singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” must be understood in the context of his neo-conservative foreign policy views, including his advocacy of what he calls ‘rogue state rollback.’ In addition to being unbecoming of an American president, comments like…

Oops! Nuclear Mistakes Happen. . .

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. . .or so says Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynn. According to a report from the New York Times‘ The Lede, Wynne said: In an organization as large as the DOD, the largest and most complex in the world, there will be mistakes,” he said. “But they cannot be tolerated in the arena of strategic systems, whether they are nuclear or only associated equipment. A year ago, four electrical fuses for ICBM’s were shipped in error to Taiwan, and…