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More Oddities in The US "Debate" Over Israel/Gaza
This Rasmussen Reports poll -- the first to survey American public opinion specifically regarding the Israeli attack on Gaza -- strongly bolsters the severe disconnect I documented the other day between (a) American public opinion on U.S. policy towards Israel and (b) the consensus views expressed...
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Why Bush Was Good for Foreign Policy (Satirists)
George W. Bush. But it's long past time that someone looked at the up side of Bush. Here are 10 good reasons we're going to miss him, in no particular order. 1. Saying "nucular": Can't beat having a president with his finger on the nuclear button who can't pronounce the word "nuclear" (keeps 'em...
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Obama to Inherit Legacy of Free Market Free Fall
BOSTON - Despite hundreds of billions of dollars thrown at banks large and small, the U.S. economy is in a free fall, just weeks before President-elect Barack Obama takes office, analysts say. "Most measures of economic and financial activity look like they fell off a cliff in September and October...
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Thoughts on the So-Called 'War of Ideas'
"No matter how powerful our military is, we will not be powerful if we lose the war of ideas." - Senator Joe Biden, soon after 9/11; cited in Ira Teinowitz, "Congress will support the war of ideas" (Advertising Age, 6/17/2002) "We're in a war of ideas." - Donald Rumsfeld, cited in Bill Gertz, "...
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Obama Faces Hungry Nuclear Industry
ATLANTA - As Democratic President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office in a few weeks, he faces a hungry nuclear industry that wants to be included in his energy plan. At least 31 new plants have been proposed throughout the United States, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC...
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The Pragmatist
In case you haven't heard, Barack Obama is a pragmatist. Everybody agrees on this. Joe Biden, accepting Obama's nod as VP at his unveiling event in Springfield, Illinois, called him a "clear-eyed pragmatist." Describing Obama's rise through Chicago politics, the New York Times stressed his "...
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Barack Obama's Kettle of Hawks
Barack Obama has assembled a team of rivals to implement his foreign policy. But while pundits and journalists speculate endlessly on the potential for drama with Hillary Clinton at the state department and Bill Clinton's network of shady funders, the real rivalry that will play out goes virtually...
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Where Is the Change?
Is it too early to criticize Barack Obama for his program, his appointments, and his policies? He is not yet president but he is dominating the news and influencing markets and foreign-policy as though he had already been inaugurated. At the same time, he tells us that we have only one president at...
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Doves Keep The Faith as Obama Team Tilts Right
Leading opponents of the war have mostly been silent as president-elect Barack Obama, who first built his national image on the foundation of his early opposition to the Iraq war, assembles a group of national security hands that is anything but a team of doves. It's a disorienting moment for the...
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Indian Crisis "Tests" Obama
This transition period was supposed to be all about getting a grip on the financial crisis -- and it looked this week as if Barack Obama has succeeded sufficiently to take the Thanksgiving holiday off. But on Wednesday, the president-elect was reminded that he is inheriting messes far beyond Wall...
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