Ocean Industries Unanimously Support the Law of the Sea

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In case there was any doubt, every ocean industry — every single one, including telecom, oil and gas, mining, marine manufacturing, shipping, and fishing — supports U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Convention. When businesses were invited to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, numerous business groups offered testimony in favor of accession. The only “ocean industry” group that offered opposing testimony was a “company” incorporated in Nevada by treaty opponents that doesn’t actually do any business….

100 Years, Part II

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The debate over McCain’s 100 years comment is still pinging around in my brain. Here is my first interpretation of McCain’s intended meaning when I wrote earlier this week: More important is what McCain actually did mean: that the U.S. should maintain a military presence in Iraq not only as long as it takes to end hostilities, but long after hostilities have ended. Iraq will not be anything like Japan, Germany or South Korea in the foreseeable future. Given the…

Reid and Biden: Law of the Sea is There for the Taking

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I’ve been pretty quiet on the Law of the Sea front these past few months, but now that’s over. The clock is ticking. The “quiet strategy” has achieved as much as it is going to. It’s time for an all out push — there’s simply too much at stake to let it go. Look for this site to become Law of the Sea central over the next few weeks. The quiet strategy did achieve something over the past few months:…

Iraq Debate Moving to Higher Ground?

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I’m assuming most TWN readers have seen this before: Iraq is and will continue to be about 90 percent of the foreign policy conversation in this campaign (still not happy about that). And right now, much of the Iraq debate has revolved around redeployment details: who, how many, how fast, etc. It’s a debate over tactics, albeit one with huge consequences, but it is not the kind of debate over the U.S. role in the world that the country needs….

Matt Yglesias in Book Length

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Having attended the launch for Matt Yglesias’s new book on foreign policy on Friday, I might have to break a rule of mine. I might have to read a book whose thesis I fundamentally agree with. I made that rule after reading Jared Diamond’s Collapse a few years ago. Like his groundbreaking Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse is thoroughly researched and convincing. But its conclusion — environmental mismanagement threatens the survival of civilizations — was a pretty easy sell for…

Coal Here vs. Coal Over There

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Riddle me this: why is coal “the dirtiest fuel on earth” when Europe burns it but a potential global warming and “energy independence” solution here at home? Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in the New York Times: “At a time when the world’s top climate experts agree that carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to hold down global warming, Italy’s major electricity producer, Enel, is converting its massive power plant here from oil to coal, generally the dirtiest fuel on earth.” I…

Luntz Responds

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Frank Luntz comments on the thread below regarding his appearance at USUN. And anyone who takes the time to comment on a post concerning him or her deserves some front page attention in my book. This is Frank Luntz here. Just for the record, I was invited to speak because I have conducted instant response dial sessions at every Democratic and Republican debate over the past year — roughly 40 in all. And I only said yes because it is…

USUN Gives Luntz a Platform

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The U.S. Mission to the United Nations is hosting a briefing on the 2008 presidential elections later this week. The three speakers are Former Rep. David Bonior from the Edwards campaign, Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey from the Romney campaign, and Frank Luntz. It’s the appearance by Luntz, the architect of the Bush administration’s fear and terror frames, that caught my attention. First, Luntz’s inclusion tips the balance of the panel in favor of conservatives/Republicans over progressives/Democrats — but I’m…

“Why Not Join Another Church?”

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This quote from Barack Obama’s speech today caught my attention: Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? [No, the question is why stay in for years after these remarks.] And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the…