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The Tea Party’s Blind Spot

January 4, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The upstarts of the new Republican Congress have a risky foreign policy platform-no plan at all. Peter Beinart on how Tea Party outrage over government spending ignores the fact that deficits are often caused by wars.
There’s nothing conservatives…

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A Dominant Diplomatic Force

December 13, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Richard Holbrooke pushed harder and cared more than other American foreign-policy players. Peter Beinart on Holbrooke’s special blend of superpower swagger and moral passion.
There will probably never be another American diplomat like Richard…

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Happy Now, Bibi?

December 8, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The Netanyahu government got Obama to buckle on the settlements freeze. And now, Israel can look forward to a future of mounting isolation with no prospect for peace.
Yasher Koach, Bibi, it looks like the White House has finally given up. For close…

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The Right’s Democracy Hypocrisy

December 6, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Conservatives cheer the WikiLeaks cables showing Arab leaders urging war with Iran-though most Arabs oppose it. Whatever happened to the Bush democracy doctrine in the Middle East?
Conservatives are crowing about the WikiLeaks revelations about the…

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Why the WikiLeaks Drama Is Overblown

November 28, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The new WikiLeaks document dump is fun in a voyeuristic sort of way-a Putin-Berlusconi bromance!-but fails to add much to the public debate about American foreign policy, says Peter Beinart.
The hype-to-payoff ratio approximated Geraldo’s opening of…

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Why Jon Kyl, GOP Leaders Refuse to Make Hard Calls

November 22, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Republicans want power, but won’t use it to make decisions. Peter Beinart on why Jon Kyl and his fellow leaders refuse to take responsibility-and the danger they put us in.
“One can see a new sobriety in the air,” announced David Brooks the other day…

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Charlie Rangel Found Guilty

November 16, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

New York Democrat Charlie Rangel was found guilty on 11 counts of ethics violations today. Peter Beinart says the House will be a duller, meaner place when he leaves.
I’m sure Charlie Rangel did whatever the House ethics committee says he did. I’m…

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Obama’s China Ambush

November 7, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The President will skip China on his Asia tour, but his itinerary signals America’s growing unease with the superpower’s global clout. Peter Beinart on why Obama’s cozying up to China’s rivals this week-and how his policy is more hawkish than Bush’s….

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Election Night’s Big Loser

November 2, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

It wasn’t the Democrats. It was the belief that government spending must shrink. Peter Beinart on the GOP’s lunatic notion of America’s exceptionalism-and how it could help get Obama re-elected.
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How Jon Stewart Blew It

November 1, 2010 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Jon Stewart’s rally explains everything you need to know about why the Dems face a slaughter Tuesday. Peter Beinart on the intellectual dishonesty that let the right rise again.
It’s a good thing that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their…