The Future of Democracy in the Islamic World: Anwar Ibrahim, Nathan Brown, Shibley Telhami



On February 11th, I had the privilege of chairing this address sponsored by the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force by former Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and panel discussion with the University of Maryland & Brookings/Saban Center’s Shibley Telhami and George Washington University’s Nathan Brown.

Can I Still be Mr. Congeniality?



When the New York Times‘ Helene Cooper published her piece about “a man” possibly succeeding Julianna Smoot and before her Desiree Rogers as the next White House Social Secretary, my life changed. Listing me along with Sam Kass, Carlos Elizondo (whom I nominated), Senator Christopher Dodd, Chris Wayne and George Stevens Jr.

Did General Caldwell Point his Psy-Ops Team at POTUS?



Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings is a consistent home run hitter. First, he profiled the culture of disdain that General Stanley McChrystal and his command staff had for their civilian leadership partners — ending McChrystal’s storied military career. Now, Hastings has something right out of bad fiction. Lt.

Glenn Beck’s Bigotry Goes After Muslims and Jews



I wish Beck could be just laughed off. He’s absurd, ignorant, poisonous — but also dangerous. He does have an audience, some of which is obnoxiously pugnacious and alarmingly coercive. Today, Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a very good profile on Beck’s lunacy as he continues his Roger Ailes-sanctioned rant against George Soros and “reformed Judaism….