America Must Avoid Presidents Who Will Use Conflict to Define His or Her Presidencies



The next President of the United States — whether it’s Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney — is going to have the crap kicked out of him or her by friends and foes around the world. The problem is that America’s mystique as a superpower was shorn off by Iraq….

Gary Trauner Should Be Best Skier in Congress (Now Only the Election Stands in His Way)



Shortly after I wrote this post yesterday, I received a note from Gary Trauner, whose campaign for Wyoming’s at-large seat in Congress fell 500 votes short in 2006. Gary is a regular TWN reader and offered to take a few turns with me down the mountain.

Running and Limping in South Carolina and Nevada Tonight



Hillary Clinton supporters Warren Lowman and Russell Totten caucus for Hillary Clinton in Carson City, Nevada and sent this picture into The Washington Note Hillary Clinton wins the popular vote in Nevada’s Democratic caucus, but Obama’s team may be suggesting that he won because he may have pulled one more delegate than she did.

Filling the Void After Nick Burns Departs: For Two Years, Burns was the Anti-Bolton to John Bolton’s Bolton



Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns speaking at New America Foundation/American Strategy Program Salon Dinner, 2 July 2007 (photo credit: Samuel Sherraden) R. Nicholas “Nick” Burns is a stunningly effective diplomat. There is Dean Acheson DNA in the kind of work he does — but also a little John Foster Dulles….