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Death from Above | The Daily Beast

September 30, 2011

But an investigation of 270 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan from 2004 to the present, carried out by the New America Foundation, estimated that as many as 20 percent of the casualties were civilians, not militants. ...

Israel’s Self-Inflicted Isolation

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 19, 2011 |

Benjamin Netanyahu's fury over the Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations reminds me of that famous line from the movie Cold Mountain: "they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, "Its rainin'!"

America Needs Its Edge Back | The Daily Beast

September 12, 2011

Sherle Schwenninger, an infrastructure expert at the New America Foundation, a leading Washington think tank, says that a kind of anti-bigness mindset developed in the 1990s, that era in which the besotting buzzwords were “Silicon Valley” and “West ...

Obama’s Missing Economic Narrative

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Over the next 14 months, Barack Obama may well save his presidency. But he didn't begin that effort tonight. Obama outlined a jobs bill. It may be a good one. What he didn't outline was a story that connects that jobs bill to the economic crisis we've been facing for almost three years.

Obama laid out a solution, but he didn't define the problem: He didn't talk about the causes of the economic crisis, and the reason it has lasted so long. He also didn't talk much about his past efforts at stimulating the economy.

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Why Mitt Romney Won’t Win

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2011 |

According to the old rules of American politics, Mitt Romney should win the Republican presidential nomination. He came in second last time. He's got lots of money. He's got a better chance of defeating Barack Obama than his leading opponents. But he's unlikely to win because we live in an age of presidential hatred. These days, to win your party's nomination you must be the polar opposite of the president your party despises. Any significant resemblance between yourself and him and you're done.

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How to Learn Self-Control

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
August 28, 2011 |

Before she was a star musician, Amanda Palmer worked as a living statue. Standing perfectly still, she'd pose in the middle of Harvard Square, dressed as a bride, and through insults, lobbed objects, meddling drunks, and distracting jokes, she'd practice the art of nonreaction for hours on end.

The Latest 9/11 Casualty

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2011 |

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, something unexpected has happened: the ideology that 9/11 made famous—neoconservatism—has died. The evidence is all around us. In Pakistan, the Obama administration has just executed Al Qaeda's second in command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, dealing another blow to a network whose defeat, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, is now "within reach." Post-9/11, neoconservatism posited that jihadist terrorism was the greatest foreign-policy threat of our age, a threat on par with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

The Gaddafi Exit Strategy

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2011 |

Whither Gaddafi?

Two planes are reportedly waiting on the runway at Tripoli's airport to carry off Muammar Gaddafi to places unknown, according to Al Jazeera.

Saif Gaddafi, Libya's heir apparent, who has been arrested and is likely to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court at The Hague, seems to be headed for an extended European vacation in Geneva. (He has always wanted to call Europe home.)

But whither père Gaddafi, The Leader?

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Obama’s Era of Decline

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
August 8, 2011 |

The decision by Standard & Poor's to downgrade America's credit rating marks the clearest sign yet that we have entered a new era in American politics.

In retrospect, the dominant political reality of the Clinton years was the culture war, a struggle over what kind of nation America would be once being anticommunist ceased being a meaningful national identity. Politics in the Bush years was dominated by the "war on terror," the right's effort to reenact the Cold War struggle and the left's recovery of its own antiwar tradition in response.

How the Tea Party Won the Deal

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2011 |

While the details of the debt-ceiling deal remain fuzzy, this much is clear: Barack Obama may be president, but the Tea Party is now running Washington. How did this happen? Simple: This is what American politics looks like when there's no left-wing movement and no war.

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