Rachel Maddow and Lawrence Wilkerson on Cheney’s Fear-Mongering



Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow invited former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson on to her show last night to discuss his recent blog post on The Washington Note titled “Some Truths About Guantanamo Bay“. Thanks to Rachel Maddow for highlighting this issue both about the abhorrent behavior of Cheney and his team with regard to Guantanamo detainees but also for pointing a spotlight at Cheney’s continuing fear-mongering. And…

Let Turkey and Armenia Work Out Their Differences



Armenian President Serzh Sargsian and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Davos. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the administration is reconsidering President Obama’s campaign promise to declare that the Armenians were victims of a genocide during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire nearly one hundred years ago. Also yesterday, the House of Representatives introduced H. Res 252, which declares the killings genocide. To understand these recent announcements, it is important to understand the underlying politics. To paraphrase…

STREAMING LIVE: Charles Kupchan and Adam Mount on “The Autonomy Rule”



You may have seen that Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post highlighted “The Autonomy Rule” as a new conceptualization of American foreign policy framing in his “Big Ideas” column on Sunday. While the authors, Charles Kupchan and Adam Mount, don’t like the way I characterize their important piece which just appeared in the journal Democracy, I think they strike a hard blow both against Robert Kagan‘s “Absolutists vs. Liberals” thesis and against G. John Ikenberry and Daniel Deudney’s view that…

Guest Post by Lawrence Wilkerson: Some Truths About Guantanamo Bay



Lawrence B. Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell and is chairman of the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative. There are several dimensions to the debate over the U.S. prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that the media have largely missed and, thus, of which the American people are almost completely unaware. For that matter, few within the government who were not directly involved are aware either. The first of these is the utter…

Guest Post by Katherine Tiedemann: A Quick Case for Maintaining a Presence in Afghanistan



Katherine Tiedemann is a program associate at the New America Foundation/American Strategy Program. I have to push back on Ben Katcher‘s previous post on several points. First of all, there are indeed preliminary estimates of how much continued operations in Afghanistan will cost: COIN expert David Kilcullen, certainly not part of the same camp as Boot and the Kagans, pegged the figure for 30,000 extra troops at an extra $2 billion per month on top of the $20 billion we…

We Can’t Afford a “No Matter the Cost” Approach to Afghanistan



A quick follow up to my last post on Afghanistan. Frederick Kagan penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in October 2007 called “Spend Whatever It Takes to Win the War on Terror.” Unless his views have changed over the past year and a half, Kagan seems to think that the “war on terror” – defined as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – must be “won” no matter the cost. This kind of Bush-era strategic laziness has got…

Alexander Hamilton’s Scorn: Reflecting on AIG, Goldman, Hank Paulson and Bob Rubin



It has slightly bothered me that the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project grabbed some Hamilton branding for ideas that were anything but. The Hamilton Project’s early objectives were to promote a variant of neoliberal economic policy — free and fast trade, fiscal conservatism and budget hawkishness, and a rejection of national economic strategies that would maximize American worker and producer interests over the interests of other states. The real Alexander Hamilton who was the key conceptualizer and organizer of the American…

Kirby Dick’s “Outrage” on DC Gay Insider Hypocrisy and Protection Racket



Kirby Dick, the Academy Award nominated film director for This Film Is Not Yet Rated, will soon be releasing a new film on the hypocrisy of in-the-closet gay politicians and the lengths Washington will go to help protect them even as they vote and legislate against equal rights and protections for gay and lesbian Americans. The new film, Outrage will be released on May 8th but will be featured in the Tribeca Film Festival between April 22nd and May 3rd….