Mohammed Morsi: Abe Lincoln in Disguise? Or Another Mubarak?

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Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters “I am the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, clothed in immense power!” one can imagine Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi thinking after his jaw-dropping power grab these last few days. Of course this is parody of the words roared by President Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s stunning film, Lincoln, as the 16th American President ground down by a four-year, bloody civil war spent the entirety of his political capital procuring Constitutionally-based freedom for millions…

The Strategic Choice at the Ballot Box Today

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Three years ago, I wrote a piece for The American Interest grading President Barack Obama’s foreign policy performance after one year. I gave him a poor mark as I believed then that in assessing Obama, only Iran mattered and not much constructive had happened on that track. Stanford University realist and former George W. Bush administration State Department Policy Planning Director Stephen Krasner wrote much the same. Today, I feel differently about Iran and Obama. When he entered office, Afghanistan…

GOP Presidents Worst Contributors to Federal Debt

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Phil McCarten/Reuters In terms of total increase in “federal debt to GDP” under U.S. presidents in the post-World War II era, Republican presidents during their terms have contributed far more to the debt load of the nation than Democrats. Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all added to the federal debt significantly on a percent of GDP basis. On the Democratic side, President Obama — who inherited the worst financial crisis in this era from…

Mitt Romney, George Marshall, and Israel-Palestine

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During a major foreign policy address earlier today at the Virginia Military Institute, GOP presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney paid tribute to one of the school’s most distinguished graduates, former Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State as well as Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall. Romney said of Marshall that he “helped to vanquish fascism and then planned Europe’s rescue from despair. His commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences…

Hickenlooper Plus on the State of American Dreaming About Future

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In a short bit, I’ll be interviewing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in one of the Allstate-National Journal-Atlantic Heartland Monitor forums that Ron Brownstein has pulled together before the debates. The schedule is pasted below. My bit with Hickenlooper, the first brewpub master since Sam Adams to become governor of a state, starts at 10 a.m. Central/12:00 noon EST. The Opportunity Debate: Upward Mobility and the American DreamAllstate – National Journal – The AtlanticHeartland Monitor Poll on American AttitudesWednesday, 3 October…

Watching the 1st Presidential Debate in Denver?

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Denver is buzzing … not. Actually there are a few students and faculty at the University of Denver who seem to be aware that the President of the United States and a Governor who really wants that title (and the headaches) are going to converge here — with thousands and thousands of outsiders, mostly media wanting to report the first moment that one of them looks at his watch during their encounter. Most pollsters put Obama ahead nationally — but…

Obama Strong But Wilting with Arab-Americans

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A new poll issued by the Arab American Institute (pdf here) yesterday and conducted by JZ Analytics reports that President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the election but that Obama’s edge has dropped by 15% since the 2008 election.  Arab-Americans are defecting from both both the GOP and the Democratic Party and are increasingly identifying as Independents (24%), according to James Zogby.  That said Arab-American Dems stand at 46% of their population as compared to…

Would Romney Prosperity Pacts Work in Palestine?

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Reuters/Lucas Jackson After President Obama’s moving UN General Assembly speech that started with a story of who US Ambassador Christopher Stevens had been in terms of his life’s passion for the Middle East and North Africa, the Romney camp issued a statement from former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky: In his speech, President Obama listed the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Syria, and Iran as major challenges facing the international community.  But those are three vital issues on…

In Defense of Civil Protest

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This is a guest note by Emma Green who works for The Atlantic and is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University. In Defense of Civil Protest The gray rain that shrouded Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention was pouring as I walked through the dark parking lot of El Siloe Church toward a deceptively cheerful-looking blue Greyhound bus. It took a few shouts to get the attention of the people sitting inside, but after a moment, I was greeted by…

Does Romney Know Anything About Nukes?

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Joe Cirincione, one of the nation’s sharpest minds on nuclear weapons policy, just highlighted in Foreign Policy yet another big gulp moment in the viral video of Mitt Romney triggering shock and awe (wrong kind of awe though) across the political world.  Cirincione speculates, based on the recording, that Mitt knows little of nukes and even less of dirty bombs.  And the difference matters, big time. Cirincione picks up something few others did in this clip from the Romney fundraiser:…