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Bin Laden Killing Erases Democrats’ Wimp Factor

May 2, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The killing of Osama bin Laden-and Obama’s decision to strike quickly to get him-erases the enduring stereotype of Democrats as weak politicians who won’t use force.
Plus, full coverage of Osama bin Laden.
The killing of Osama bin Laden has greater…

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The War on Terror Is Over

May 1, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Bin Laden’s death gives the U.S. a golden opportunity to bury the war on terror-a distraction, Peter Beinart argues, that distorted America’s foreign policy for too long.
Plus, full coverage of bin Laden’s death. 
No human’s death is ever a…

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How China Could Help Obama Win the Budget Battle

April 13, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Obama’s budget speech mixed a Clinton-style defense of Medicare with an ingenious play on Americans’ worries about losing their edge to China, writes Peter Beinart. Ususally in American politics, arguing that we should be like other countries is a…

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The Budget Deal’s Odd Couple

April 11, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The deal brokered by Barack Obama and John Boehner helps the president regain his rep as a strong leader, and allows Boehner to tell his base that they’ve succeeded in shifting the agenda. It’s a win for both men, Peter Beinart writes.
During the cold…

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Why Obama’s Campaign Bores Me

April 4, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The president kicked off his reelection bid Monday, officially launching the 2012 campaign. Peter Beinart on why liberals’ ardor has cooled-but Obama is headed for a predictable victory anyway.
With Barack Obama’s announcement that he’s running for…

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The Authentic Obama

March 28, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

In his speech, the president spoke from the gut, giving us his distinctive vision of American exceptionalism. Plus, more Obama speech reaction.
John Bolton recently said that Barack Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. Tonight, Obama…

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Obama’s Moral Case For War

March 28, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

In the president’s Libya speech tonight, he’ll have to deflect critics who ask why we’re taking on Gaddafi-but not other murderous regimes. Peter Beinart on why consistency in foreign policy is overrated.
There are plenty of smart objections to…

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America Doesn’t Matter Anymore

March 24, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

As Europe takes the lead on the Libyan intervention, it’s a powerful signal of America’s weakening global influence. Peter Beinart on Obama’s Jeffersonian turn-and the end of an empire.
Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most…

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Behind the Libya War

March 20, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Why are we bombing Libya, when we’re nearly broke and already fighting elsewhere? Peter Beinart on Obama’s endgame in Libya-and how the difficult lessons of Bosnia shape the campaign against Gaddafi. Plus: Russia’s Vladimir Putin has echoed Gaddafi’s…

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How Wisconsin Helps Obama

March 14, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The right won that state’s budget fight, reigning in unions’ collective bargaining clout. Peter Beinart on how that victory ensures a Democratic victory in 2012.
We’re still roughly a year away, but it’s already possible to predict the central dynamic…