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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…

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The Palestinian Right to Dream

May 25, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

As Congress applauded Netanyahu’s tough speech, a young Ramallah man talked about creating a Palestinian Tahrir Square, using nonviolence-and the hope that American Jews would back such a civil rights approach. Political reality suggests otherwise,…

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Netanyahu’s Bizarre Response to Obama’s Palestinian Proposal

May 23, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

President Obama’s parameters for a new round of Mideast peace talks were designed to head off U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state based strictly on 1967 borders-which would be catastrophic for Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s immediate rejection of the…

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Putting America on Democracy’s Side

May 19, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

In his Mideast speech, President Obama rejected Bush’s blind allegiance to Israel and put himself squarely on the side of human rights.
Can we now, after the president’s Thursday Mideast speech, finally stop calling Barack Obama a “realist?” Please….

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Israel’s Palestinian Arab Spring

May 15, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The converging of thousands of Palestinians on Israel’s borders is a sign that they have lost faith in American promises-and that if Israel and the U.S. don’t work toward a Palestinian state near 1967 lines, others will seize the initiative in shaping…

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Israel’s Democracy Hypocrisy

May 9, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The flap over whether CUNY should award playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree underscores the growing debate over whether people who want Israel to be a secular democracy rather than a Jewish state can be tolerated in public life, writes Peter…