Japan Debate: “From Mere Guile to Demagoguery”



Recently, I wrote an article for the Washington Post about a disturbing trend in Japan in which prominent voices on the journalistic right, intentionally or unintentionally, are animating the activities of ideological zealots and thugs.

Chestertown, Maryland Blogging and a Salute to Ben Franklin



I am involved with two liberal arts colleges founded in the revolutionary era. One of these is Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and founded in 1783 where I’m on the Board of the Clarke Center. The other is Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland founded in 1782.

Senior Republican Foreign Relations Committee Staff Reports “Bolton Confirmation Dead”



The Washington Post has run an article this morning stating that the administration’s effort to get John Bolton “confirmed” is now essentially dead — though Condoleezza Rice seems ready to deploy some theatrics to try and get Senator Lincoln Chafee to change his mind.

Senator Harry Reid to Open Conference on “Thinking Through the Unthinkables on Iran”



Today, 14 September, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW; Washington, DC), a conference titled “U.S. Strategy Towards Iran: Thinking Through the Unthinkables — Beyond a Binary Choice?” will take place from 10:30 a.m. sharp til 2:00 p.m.

FYI: Dismantling the “Global War on Terror” Metaphor



I am chairing an event on Wednesday afternoon titled “Dismantling the ‘Global War on Terror’ Metaphor: Thoughts on Mending America’s Global Position” with George Soros. Soros will address themes in his recent book, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror, which will be available at the event.

SPOOF: Baggage Hostage Release Date



As I reported earlier, I am getting the full outside the beltway treatment in Iowa and Wisconsin. I’m actually having a great time and have met some fascinating folks out here — but because I had some toothpaste, deoderant, shaving cream and all that, I checked in my small bag.