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Middle East Policy: The Case for Sitting on Our Hands

February 26, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Dear world, sorry about the last 10 years. Peter Beinart on how the new wave of Mideast revolts may finally be ending America’s wasteful war on terror-and why it would have been smarter not to intervene in the first place.
They’re exhilarating, of…

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The Right’s Hypocrisy on Freedom

February 21, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Obama’s decisive response to the protests across the Middle East-and the conservative backlash-have exposed the hypocrisy of the right’s shallow rhetoric on liberty and human freedom. Peter Beinart on why the supposedly idealistic American right turns…

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The GOP’s Race Backslide

February 17, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Haley Barbour’s refusal to denounce Confederate license plates is just the latest example of a Republican Party that is regressing on race-and damaging its electoral future.
“I don’t go around denouncing people,” said Mississippi Governor Haley…

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America’s Proud Egypt Moment

February 13, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Forced to choose between national interests and national ideals, the Obama administration, and many of its fiercest domestic critics, chose ideals. That’s a remarkable achievement, writes Peter Beinart. Plus, Mike Giglio on Egypt’s Facebook freedom…

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What Israel Is Afraid of After the Egyptian Uprising

February 7, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Israelis fear more Arab democracy means more hatred in their country. Peter Beinart on why Jerusalem needs to change-or face a Palestinian version of Tahrir Square.
We’re almost two weeks into the revolution in Egypt and the American media keeps…

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Obama’s Mideast Moment of Truth

January 30, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

America is losing its grip on the region, as Egypt and the Palestinian WikiLeaks-style document dump shows. Thank goodness, writes Peter Beinart in this week’s Newsweek-now Obama must stop propping up their autocratic leaders.
What do the mass…

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Obama Tries Out Bill Clinton’s Message

January 25, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Facing a Republican majority, the president had to drop his campaign-era themes for this State of the Union and pick up Clinton’s-talking about “winning the future” to underscore his energy and youth. And it worked.
It was a Clintonesque speech, and I…

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Why Obama Won’t Touch Gun Control

January 24, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

A Detroit cop shooting offers fresh reason for the president to call for gun control in his State of the Union speech. Peter Beinart on why that’s a political dead end. Plus, chat live with The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz during the State of the Union…

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Tunisia Shows Democracy Can Spread Without America

January 18, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The Bush team believed American power was crucial to the spread of democracy worldwide. Tunisia proves them wrong. Peter Beinart on the real engine of change in the Arab world-and the waning of U.S. clout in the Middle East.
Here’s the classic way to…

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The Tea Party’s Homegrown Terror Blind Spot

January 9, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Instead of blaming people like Sarah Palin for the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, liberals should target the casual assumption that the only real terrorist threat we face is from jihadist Islam-not good old-fashioned white Americans.
Liberals…