Jim DeMint’s On-Off-On Trip to Honduras

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Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy This is very inside DC baseball stuff on Senator Jim DeMint’s plans to visit Honduras which were announced via twitter, then stopped by Senator John Kerry, and then put back on track by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. But it’s the kind of thing that when it comes to Washingotn both attracts and repels people at the same time. — Steve Clemons

Energy and Finance Highlight Europe’s Divisions

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(Photo credit: G.hostbuster’s photostream) Following the Russia-Ukraine gas disagreement last December, European leaders promised to diversify their natural gas supply away from Russia in order to prevent politically motivated shortages in the future. German President Angela Merkel said that Russia’s actions would have consequences and European Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso called the crisis “unacceptable.” Recent events, however, suggest that Russia will continue to divide and conquer European gas markets in a way similar to how toxic financial products continue…

Chuck Peña: Why Liberals (like Peter Beinart) Can’t Win the War on Terror

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In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Peter Beinart — former editor of The New Republic, who has declared that only liberals can win the war on terror (the self-proclaimed subtitle of his new book) — offers up a weak mea culpa for “mistakenly” backing the Iraq war but lauds President Clinton’s “multilateral war to prevent the neo-fascist Slobodan Milosevic from cleansing ethnic Albanians from their homes.” What he conveniently ignores is that Clinton’s war in the Balkans…

Giles Trendle: European Collusion in Rendition

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Europe seems to have been caught giving a nod and a wink in the dark to the CIA policy referred to in media circles as ‘extraordinary rendition’. Fourteen European states colluded with the CIA in secret US flights ferrying terror suspects around the world, according a report published last week by Europe’s human rights watchdog. The Council of Europe report states that the policy practiced by the CIA, which has become known as “extraordinary rendition”, could operate only with “the…

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Beltway Crusaders

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As Robert Borosage, co-Director of the Campaign for America’s Future, argues in The Nation’s current issue, “the current rage in center-right Democratic circles is to resuscitate Harry Truman, substitute bin Laden for Stalin and jihadism for Communism, and summon America to a new global struggle.” Peter Beinart, for example, who was a supporter of the Iraq disaster (and has joined New Dems like Al From in urging Democrats to prove their resolve by purging the left from the Democratic party)…

Peter Trubowitz: Howler of the Week

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“I think the jury is still out on WMD.” — Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) Weldon, responding to challenger Joseph Sestak, retired Navy admiral, is taking faith-based reality to new highs (lows). Check it out: Delco Times. Peter Trubowitz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy.

P.J. Simmons: Can you Handle Another Inconvenient Truth?

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Whether you’ve seen Al Gore’s film or not, you probably know by now that the carbon-based energy system we built last century is royally messing up our planet’s built-in thermostat — promising all kinds of nasty consequences unless we kick our response into high gear. What you may not know — as scientists only recently broke the story — is that carbon dioxide is doing something else pernicious to our planet apart from changing the chemistry of our atmosphere and…

Asheesh Siddique: <i>United 93</i>‘s Unfair Question

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At the end of every spring semester, Princeton University (where I will be a senior in the fall) has a ten-day period in mid-May of no classes to give students time to write our final term papers. Three days before all my work was due, I desperately needed a study break to recharge my mental batteries. Taking a brief hiatus from the papers (on David Hume, Thomas Jefferson, and English constitutional history), I went to a free showing of Paul…

Richard Weitz: Security Implications of Climate Change

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Although Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, has drawn renewed attention to the global warming issue, commentators on worldwide climate change have not sufficiently addressed its potential international security implications. Thus far, most of the debate has focused on whether climate change is occurring, whether human or natural causes are primarily responsible, how it will affect people’s health and lifestyles, and what we should do about the problem. Whatever the ultimate magnitude and cause of global climate change, prudent contingency…

Flynt Leverett: Russia’s New Petro Power Politics

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I have just returned from a trip to Moscow, for speaking engagements and meetings with officials, academic and think tank experts, and energy executives about the intersection of Russian energy strategy and Russian foreign policy. Upon my return, I also had the pleasant experience of seeing the first hard copies of an article that a French colleague and I have just published in the Summer 2006 issue of The National Interest. Titled “The New Axis of Oil“, the article argues…