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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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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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Think Again: Ronald Reagan

June 14, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The Gipper wasn’t the warhound his conservative followers would have you think. “Ronald Reagan Was the Ultimate Hawk.” Not so much. These days, virtually every time someone on the American right bashes President Barack Obama for kowtowing to dictators or failing to shout that we’re at war, they light a votive candle to Ronald Reagan…read […]