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Haaretz: My students are considering boycotting Israel. That would be a serious mistake.

September 17, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

By day, I’m a professor: I teach graduate students at the City University of New York (CUNY). Last Friday night, those students – via the Doctoral Students Council that represents them – almost voted to boycott universities in Israel. It’s worth reading the boycott resolution. Paragraph fifteen says the Doctoral Students Council opposes “ethnic or […]

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Haaretz: 2Statewashing: How American Jews sanitize Netanyahu’s rejectionism

September 10, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

“You’re more polite than us,” an Israeli friend once told me about American Jews. “But less honest.” The last couple of months illustrate his point. A few days after the launch of Operation Protective Edge, Benjamin Netanyahu said that to ensure that “we don’t get another Gaza in Judea and Samaria,” Israel could never allow […]

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The Atlantic: Pursuing ISIS to the Gates of Hell

September 4, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed. The key to understanding why lies in a book. The book is called Special Providence. Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell Mead, it remains, for my money, the best analysis of American foreign policy written in our time. Mead argues that America has […]

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Haaretz: Keeping them down: The U.S. Jewish establishment’s selective principles on Palestine

September 3, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

According to press reports, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will this week demand that Israel set a date for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. If not, he’ll ask the International Criminal Court to make Palestine a member, which could allow it to sue Israel for war crimes. […]

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The Atlantic: Actually, Obama Does Have a Strategy in the Middle East

August 29, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

President Obama’s critics often claim he doesn’t have a strategy in the greater Middle East. That’s wrong. Like it or loathe it, he does, and he’s beginning to implement it against ISIS. To understand what it is, it’s worth going back seven summers. In July 2007, at a debate sponsored by CNN and YouTube, Obama […]

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The Atlantic: The Real Foreign Policy Divide is Not Partisan

August 13, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart

On Sunday, when Hillary Clinton used an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg to take pointedly more hawkish stances than President Obama on Syria, Iran, and Gaza, observers chalked it up to her presidential ambitions. As one Democratic operative told Politico, Clinton’s advisors are “good poll readers.” On Tuesday, when Rand Paul declined to oppose U.S. airstrikes […]

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Why Anthony Weiner Shouldn’t Quit

June 12, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The congressman’s public flogging doesn’t fit the crime, and is emblematic of our kick-‘em-when-they’re-down culture. Peter Beinart on why we need a new rulebook for political sex scandals.
Excuse me for asking, but why exactly should Anthony…

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Why Are We Still in Aghanistan?

June 10, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

With the initial objective of vanquishing al Qaeda largely achieved, and the latest goal of luring the Taliban into a power-sharing deal out of reach, the main reason the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan is inertia-not logic, says Peter Beinart.
On…

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Lousy Economy Won’t Sink Obama

June 5, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Unemployment has edged up again two months in a row, and economic conditions are bad for most Americans, but the president’s strong personal approval ratings and a roster of weak potential GOP opponents mean he will win a second term, writes Peter…

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Palin Grabs Her Moment

May 30, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

There is no better moment for the ex-governor, who would snare most of the social-conservative votes that might have gone to Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour-and in 2016 would be old news and face a stronger primary field, writes Peter Beinart.
Sarah…