Nir Rosen: Perhaps It’s Too Late for US Troops to Leave?



I am currently in Mykonos, after having spent a few days at a conference organized by New York University’s Center on Law and Security focusing on the legal frameworks through which governments pursue and handle would-be terrorists. One of the conference participants was Nir Rosen, a colleague of mine at the New America Foundation.

Musings Waiting at Athens Airport: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Role in Commercializing Everest



I’ve always been interested in Mt. Everest and the spell it casts over some climbers and have been paying some attention to the recent tragedies of people climbing, getting sick on the mountain, and left by others who would risk their own survival if helping those who stopped on the mountain.

Bush and Blair



Julian Borger, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian, rang me in Florence yesterday to talk about Bush and Blair. I told him that I do not think that Bush was predisposed to giving Blair many legacy-building gifts, which is how Borger ended his piece. I’m traveling to Athens today. More later.

Bush’s “Victory at Hand” Rhetoric Breeds Doubt in American Power Among Allies and Foes



Sidney Blumenthal has a powerful piece in Salon today. He strikes out at the “Turning Point” and “Victory” rhetoric that continues to emanate from the White House. If there were another President in the White House, I think that a rhetoric of defeat, of being stalled, or having made incorrect choices would also be tough….

America’s Middle East Project Will Stay Deflated Without Israel/Palestine Resolution



On Tuesday, Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will spend some time with President Bush in Washington. Hopefully, they will engage in some “re-visioning” of what is possible in moving forward on the resolution of Israel’s borders in a negotiated process leading to a Palestinian state.