Can French Helicopters Save Libya?

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It may come as a relief to President Obama that France has decided to increase the pace of operations in Libya by deploying attack helicopters. Britain, on the other hand, seems to still be on the fence. The role of airpower in this conflict has been a critical one. While the aerial restrictions imposed on the Libyan Air Force have hampered, but in no way neutralized, Gaddafi’s military capabilities, western airpower has proved to be the key variable in aiding…

US-UK Relations Becoming Less Special (and that’s good)

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For those of you following President Obama’s trip to Ireland, the UK, France, and Poland, here is the opener of a piece I just wrote for the BBC on the need for US-UK Relations to get an update and reset. The Raw Truth About the US-UK ‘Special Relationship’ During the tough-fought Democratic presidential primary between then-senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, at a wry moment during a televised debate, Clinton called Obama “very likeable” and he responded with the sterile…

The Importance of Channeling Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt’s words on Presidents and the critical importance of avoiding ‘yes men’ and getting unvarnished counsel and critique: The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full…

Chester and the Next Generation

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(Chester the Turtle, lives in Chester River, Chestertown; photo credit: Andrew Oros; click image for larger version) I love cities — but love nature too, and this very big Maryland snapping turtle crawled up into my back yard recently, dug itself a big hole for the next generation of turtles in our river and creek, and went back off to the blissful muck created by living on the edge of tidal flow waters. We may never see Chester again —…

Talking Dick Cheney, Afghanistan War and Obama’s Israel-Palestine Surprise with Rachel Maddow

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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Above clip submitted for your enjoyment. Much going on — tons of media stuff, but really enjoyed this discussion with the turbo-intelligent Rachel Maddow. — Steve Clemons

Feist Rises at CNN; Bohrman Chief Innovation Guru Worldwide

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That really, really, really cool digital, transparent wall that Wolf Blitzer and John King began using as their portal into American politics and the elections was devised and put together by then CNN DC Bureau Chief David Bohrman, who has just been named CNN SVP & Chief Innovation Officer Worldwide. But the new Washington, DC Bureau Chief is political wunderkind Sam Feist, who is a genuinely nice guy and kind of comes off as the earnest Jimmy Olsen type from…

Afghanistan War: What Richard Holbrooke Really Thought

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Nicholas Kristof’s bombshell article yesterday probing into the notes, letters and thinking on Afghanistan by Richard Holbrooke has a number of good journalists, including Politico‘s Ben Smith, scrambling to reassess where one of the Democrat Party’s foreign policy titans really stood on America’s longest war. Thanks to Kati Marton, the late Richard Holbrooke’s wife, Kristof was given access to key files and notes of Holbrooke’s in her possession — and with these, Kristof has painted a compelling picture that Holbrooke…

The Meaning of Strauss-Kahn

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Thanks to then Embassy of France to the US Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, and now recently returned Embassy Minister of Finance, Jean-Francois Boittin, I met Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a one-on-one meeting in 1998. Boittin, working single-handedly to correct my over-familiarity with Asia by a productive junket to Paris, said “You must experience Strauss-Kahn; there is no one else like him in France, and perhaps the world.” As France’s Finance Minister, when I met him, Dominique Strauss-Kahn had emerged in the…

Palestine Papers Source Outs Himself

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Ziyad Clot, a French lawyer who advised the Palestinian side in negotiatios with Israel during the Annapolis effort, has announced himself as the whistle-blower and source of the highly controversial “Palestine Papers.” He reports today at Al Jazeera why he did it. This shows that former lead negoatiater Saeb Erekat was wrong about the source of the papers when he accused Al Jazeera Transparency Project chief Clayton Swisher of being a CIA agent who orchestrated this. Erekat recently retracted the…